First are a few polls that will truly make you say, "Uh, yeah - that's what we've been saying. Stop spreading the demonizing hype, and look at reality already." In other words, the polls are realizing that Tea Partiers are regular old folks, just like you and me, who are fighting to bring down the size of government, and stop the rampant spending in Washington. Yes, the Gallup Poll has discovered, and I am not making up this headline, "Tea Partiers Are Fairly Mainstream In Their Demographics." "Fairly mainstream"? Yeah, okay - I guess that's about the best that can be expected from Gallup. Click HERE to see the graphs.
The Hill had this headline, "Survey: Four In 10 Tea Party Members Are Democrats Or Independents." (My good buddy, Ani, wrote about this in terms of Democratic Women, too. It's a great read!) The article goes on to say:
The findings provide one of the most detailed portraits to date of the grassroots movement that started last year.
The national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democratic, according to three national polls by the Winston Group, a Republican-leaning firm that conducted the surveys on behalf of an education advocacy group. Two-thirds of the group call themselves conservative, 26 are moderate and 8 percent say they are liberal.
I wonder how this is going to change, or if it WILL change, the constant representation by the MSM that Tea Partiers are all a bunch of right wing fanatics? Clearly, they are not.
And here's one more headline that might catch their attention: "Tea Party 48% Obama 44%." Oh, dear. I wonder how they are going to try and spin THIS one:
On major issues, 48% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is closer to their views than President Barack Obama. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% hold the opposite view and believe the president’s views are closer to their own.
Not surprisingly, Republicans overwhelmingly feel closer to the Tea Party and most Democrats say that their views are more like Obama’s. Among voters not affiliated with either major political party, 50% say they’re closer to the Tea Party while 38% side with the President.
The partisan divide is similar to that found in the President’s Job Approval Ratings and on the Generic Congressional Ballot.
Yeah, and just maybe his job approval numbers are down because he is breaking our nation, with the help of Reid and Pelosi.
And in the "Anything Is Possible" especially after Obama got one, there is this piece of satire from Andy Borowitz?|:
iPad™ Wins Nobel Peace Prize; First Electronic Device to Win, Experts Say
OSLO, NORWAY (The Borowitz Report) – In a remarkable break with tradition, the committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize chose today to bestow that coveted honor on the Apple iPad™.
It was believed to be the first time an electronic device has won the Peace Prize, which is usually awarded to a human being, experts say.
“We didn’t want to fall prey to all of the hype surrounding the iPad™,” said Nobel committee chairperson Gustav Traavik, who waited at the Apple store in Oslo for over two hours to buy the device. “But it is sweet.”
In the twenty-four hours since it was released, the iPad™ has been credited with an impressive list of accomplishments, including saving the newspaper industry, the publishing business, and Tiger Woods’ marriage.
I mean, really - the Nobel Peace Prize Committee already broke with tradition when they decided to hand out the award for things one MIGHT accomplish at some point in the future (or not), so why not for the iPad? Just as plausible, in my book.
It will be interesting to see if the MSM and the Democrats stop trashing the Tea Party members when they realize they are "fairly" much the same as everyone else. If nothing else, perhaps the Democratic Party will stop being so damn high and mighty, not to mention arrogant and patronizing, along with too many of their sycophants in the media (talking to you, Keith, Chris, et al) to anyone and everyone who doesn't bow down to The One. Hey, I can hope, can't I?
So, what is your take on these surveys and polls? I'd love to hear it!
Update - since I wrote this, there has been the horrible mine explosion in WVA. My thoughts and prayers go out to that community, to the families who lost loved ones, and those who are still wondering about their own family members. Such a tragedy...