They have a lot in common with the "silent majority" of years past. There's no reason to out-protest the occupy folks or have them in your face whenever you gather.
A lot of people care you just don't hear about it from the main stream media.
Apparently the republican leadership put Obamacare on the back burner waiting for a SCOTUS decision on constitutionality.
The Tea Party doesn’t get much coverage from the main stream media other than the usual bashing.
Even here in Wisconsin, with all the trouble over Governor Walker, there's been very few Tea Party rallies in support of the governor. I know a Tea Party-related group called "Verify The Recall" is manually checking all the names who signed the recall petition to look for fraud.
But, in general, seems like the Tea Party won big in 2010 and is resting on their laurels since. Getting kind of a mission accomplished vibe here. They got 60 members of the House elected and 2 US Senators and they've just given up. I know the Tea Party types, unlike the Occupy jokers or the union goons here in Wisconsin have jobs and can't just skip work on weekdays to protest, but as a whole, I've been disappointed with the Tea Party activism since the 2010 election.
There is a big segment of Republican voters who listen to Ron Paul say things like "9/11 was America's fault" and just get completely turned off and disgusted by him. You and I both know what he means, but he doesn't explain his foreign policy message well to the "America, •••• yeah" red state crowd.
Secondly, Ron Paul has been in Washington for 20 years. I thought these Tea Party types wanted to throw out the "establishment". I think the only true Tea Party candidates in the race were Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann, although Bachmann turned out to be a crazy bitch and Cain has grabby hands and is also a complete idiot.
and in related news...
Americans Kinda Annoyed by Politicians’ Recent Obsession With
According to a new poll conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation,
63 percent of Americans support the federal mandate that would require private
insurance to cover the cost of birth control, with a breakdown of 80 percent of
Democrats in favor and just 40 percent of Republicans. That's marginally good
news for the administration. Yet, according to the Kaiser Foundation's research
director, the survey data about contraceptive insurance coverage don't represent
any kind of a referendum on the use of birth control itself, which is what
certain politicians (cough, Rick Santorum, cough) have turned it into recently.
“In the end, the answers say more about people’s views on the role of government
than on the issue of contraception,” she explains. But that might be more true
for Santorum's own party, actually, where 43 percent of Republican women think
the issue is more about religious freedom than health, as opposed to just 10
percent of Democratic women. But that's all almost beside the point.
Lots of people surveyed also took the opportunity to tell the pollsters,
essentially, how goddamn annoyed they were that they were even being asked about
this stuff at all. According to the Times, "Many Americans, in
the survey and in independent interviews, expressed impatience with the focus on
women’s reproductive issues in an era of economic distress."
Less than one percent of people surveyed said they thought women's
health or birth control was what candidates should be debating, which is funny
because it's approximately 98 percent of what's been talked about by politicians
and journalists lately (one percent Obama's thoughts on the Bulls midseason;
.75 percent Mitt Romney's hair, .25 percent possible war with Iran).
GOP Vows To Fight On After Defeat On Birth Control
Sahil KapurMarch 1, 2012Unperturbed after Senate Democrats blocked their effort to let employer health plans refuse to cover birth control and other preventive services, Republican leaders are vowing to keep up the fight after the vote. And Democrats are more than happy to let them — all the way up until the November elections.
“This fight is not over,” said Senate GOP Conference Vice Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO), the author of the amendment that was tabled 51-48 on Thursday. “I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of Congress to protect the rights that make our nation great.”
Though many Republicans would like to give the issue a rest, fearing voter backlash, the GOP can’t easily soft-peddle in this culture war conflagration. And that was clear today on both sides of the Capitol.
“I think it’s important for us to win this issue,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters Thursday, echoing the party line that the Obama administration’s requirement that most employer health plans include contraceptive coverage violates religious liberty. Boehner did, however, demur on how exactly he’d like to proceed, even though the House’s version of Blunt’s bill has over 200 cosponsors.
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Interesting that when popular opinion is used to frame opposition to gay marriage... not so important, its the "rights" that matter. But when the church has to pay for what they believe to be against their religion... not so much. Now its about public opinion....63 percent of Americans support the federal mandate that would require private insurance to cover the cost of birth control...
And about politicians talking about it... the alternative is roll over and allow the president to rule by decree. He brought this fight to the table. One might ask, why now? To divert the discussion away from what really matters?
And of course that "student" they dug up turns out to be a plant...
Stunner. Georgetown “Coed” Sandra Fluke Is a 30 Year-Old Women’s Rights Activist
Suppose she'll be turning up in the town hall meetings like the rest of the demorat operatives that mysteriously end up in front of the camera with a mic stuffed in their face.
"The most dangerous myth is the demagoguery that business can be made to pay a larger share, thus relieving the individual. Politicians preaching this are either deliberately dishonest, or economically illiterate, and either one should scare us...
Only people pay taxes, and people pay as consumers every tax that is assessed against a business."
rush is back! got gop doing damage control.
Last edited by baghdad bob; 03-02-2012 at 06:54 PM.