Poll: Tea Party vs GOP: Same Shit, Same Smell

Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 | Posted by Joel Krause |

 While about 44% of the general population identify themselves as Republicans, a whopping 80% of Tea Party supporters also identify themselves as Republicans.

Republicans have worked hard to create the perception that the Tea Party as a grassroots movement of Americans outraged by soring taxes. The fact of the matter is that the Tea Party was conceived, facilitated, financed, and then rolled out by Republican political action groups.

For a while, Republicans have been able to utilize this "grassroots" movement to amplify their anti Obama rhetoric while keeping them at arms length from their extreme, gun toting, revolutionary, and mob mentality.

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed from February, Karl Rove hailed how the Tea Party movement “arose spontaneously” and “made an important splash” while warning that the Tea Party and the GOP “are, and should remain, distinct from one another” because “the sum would be less than the parts.” Similarly, early this year, a prominent Tea Party organizer insisted, "We must not allow the Tea Parties and other patriotic grassroots movement to be hijacked by the GOP.”

However, a new Gallup poll illuminates how the Tea Party and the GOP are not just closely related, but are in many ways indistinguishable from each other. The poll found that the two groups differ only slightly in the views of the 10 issues tested. In other words, they are the same shit with a slightly different smell.


  1. Anonymous said...
  2. if you morons think dale robertson is part of the tea party movement, there's no point in even trying to educate you. #epicfail

  3. Chico Brisbane said...
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  5. Chico Brisbane said...
  6. Is't not so much who is part of the Tea Party, but why? - Being part of an angry and often racially motivated mob is as worrysome as it is counterproductive.

  7. Anonymous said...
  8. You claim 80% Republican plurality...where did you get your data? The most recent Gallup poll states 51% are independent or Democrat. I'm a card carrying Libertarian and don't fit either classification and have been to two events. In both cases there were mostly over 50's, well educated, conversant on the Constitution and the Federalist (Papers), and angry. Angry at what? The erosion of liberty, disregard for the Constitution, growth of government, national debt, the new socialism, both houses of Congress, etc. Not one comment, speech, placard, or sentiment involved race or the GOP. In fact a GOP congressional candidate requested to make a short speech. That request was denied by the organizers.

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