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I’ve been trying to figure out the last few days why there seemed to be a coordinated attack against the TEA Party movement. I mean, I know elections are just around the corner in November and I understand the left trying to cast TEA party participants in a negative light. But the extreme nastiness of the NAACP calling the TEA Party movement racist and the outright lying of liberal thinkprogress dot org trying to make the same claim seemed over the top. Especially when I thought the issue had been pretty much debunked last year.
But things are becoming a bit clearer to me. First, let’s take a look at a recent Pew Research Poll on party ideologies. When asked about the TEA party movement, here are the results:
The national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted June 16-20 among 1,802 adults (1,496 registered voters) reached on cell phones and landlines, finds that the Tea Party movement is viewed as conservative, though not extremely conservative. One-in-five voters (20%) say the Tea Party is very conservative while about as many (21%) see it as conservative. Nearly half of voters (48%) had no opinion of the Tea Party’s ideology or had never heard of the movement.
Almost half of those asked had either no idea about the TEA party ideology or had even heard of the TEA party movement. In other words, these voters have a blank slate when it comes to an opinion on the TEA party which is just begging for some political party (*cough*DEMOCRATS*cough*) to come along and try to write their own narrative about what the TEA party movement stands for. Ah…..now we are beginning to get somewhere. Democrats are foreseeing possibly huge losses in the fall, but there are some who aren’t entirely up to speed on the current politics. Democrats are striking now, while the opportunity is available to cast aspersions on the TEA party movement and anyone associated with it. Especially when this same study finds that Democrats are seen farther from the center than Republicans. Interesting, isn’t it?
This brings us to the other part of the story.
Imagine my surprise when I clicked on a story in Politico about Arizona’s Attorney General, Terry Goddard, calling the governor of the state, Jan Brewer, a “temporary ‘hero’ and ‘poster child’ for the tea party movement.” This is amusing to me because I live in Arizona, and I know for a fact that Brewer isn’t a “hero” to the TEA party movement. In fact, before all the insanity of our SB-1070 bill even hit the national media, Brewer had spent the entire previous year lobbying for a TAX INCREASE to help balance our budget woes in the state. Does that sound like a TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY participant? If anyone would have been more of a candidate for TEA party representation, it would have been Dean Martin, our state’s treasurer who was running in the primary against Brewer and had claimed that we didn’t need to raise taxes to deal with our budget crisis, but to cut more spending. But, here in front of me was an article in Politico quoting Terry Goddard (Democrat running against Brewer for the governorship in November) trying to link Brewer to the TEA Party?
Next, let’s jump over the the Los Angeles Times. I ran across this story earlier today reporting that an “independent” group is linking Carly Fiorina (the Republican who is running against Senator Barbara Boxer in California) with not only Sarah Palin, but the TEA party as well.
I realize that two stories don’t make a trend, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the Democrats who originally marginalized the TEA party movement as “astroturf” are now trying to define the movement again with their own narrative and then link every Republican they can to it. Be on the lookout for more TEA party smears and accusations.