Support for the tea party weakens


The most important feature of last Tuesday's primary was not the anti-incumbent vote. It certainly wasn't the "Year of the Women" especially for the Republicans.

Rather the primary's most important feature was the decline of the tea party and the emergence of serious divisions in the ranks of the Republicans.

It should surprise no one that two wealthy Republican corporate women could win the Republican nomination for governor and the Senate in California. Meg Whitman spent something like $100 a vote. At least $80 million of the $100 million she spent was her own money. Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewitt Packard won the GOP nomination for the Senate and will run against Barbara Boxer.

On last Sunday's "Meet the Press", Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who heads the, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), rejected the idea that this was "the year of the women" for the Republicans. She pointed out that out of the 104 candidates on the Republican Congressional Committee's "young guns list" only 7 are women.

The Republican right, with most of the media on their side, are pushing the idea that this is an anti-incumbent election year, but so far of the 217 House members who ran for re-election , all but two have won their primaries.

But most importantly a recent Washington Post-ABC News shows a decline in popular support for the tea party.

The June 3-6 Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that from late March to early June of this year, those who had a "favorable impression" of the tea party dropped from 41% to 36% and those with an "unfavorable impression" grew from 39% to 50%.

When asked, "Do you think things in this country (are generally going in the right direction) or do you feel things (have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track?)", 60% of respondents said things were going in the wrong direction and only 37% said the right direction.

This shows serious mass discontent with things today.

No doubt unemployment and underemployment, foreclosures and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are wearing people down.

At the same time when asked which party, Democrats or Republicans do you trust to do a better job in coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years 32% said Republicans and 44% said Democrats. Now these aren't sharply contrasting number but they show a trend away from the right.

There are a lot of primary races to come and polls are just snapshots of opinions at a given moment. Opinions in congressional races have to be examined in specific congressional districts. However that said, things are not trending well for the extreme right and the tea party. This suggests that with a strong grass roots effort by labor and people's forces to get Democratic minded voters to the polls, the usual midterm losses by the party in power could be a lot less then usual.

Put another way, the extreme right's effort to defeat any measures to tax the rich and help working families could be defeated. Their effort to mobilize a large racist vote around the idea of "taking the government back" from the first the African American president can be rebuffed.

Rand Paul the libertarian who just won the Republican nomination for US Senate in Kentucky characterized Obama policy toward British Petroleum as "un American". This new McCarthyism from the new right must be defeated if there is to be any real progress. That's how fundamental this struggle is.

If this trend continues the predictions that the Republicans will make big comeback in November could prove to be totally wrong.

Photo: Gage Skidmore


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  • BWAHAHAHAHA! Seriously? Tea Party candidates are winning primaries left and right and are in some cases set to slaughter their opponents (Rand Paul, no great orator, is ahead of his opponent by double digits).

    Sorry Jarvis. The Titanic has met the iceberg but if you still want to continue holding on to that anvil of yours be my guest. I'm swimming free and headed to a Republican life-boat.

    Posted by Neuromancer, 09/13/2010 5:21pm (5 years ago)

  • some of the "fat cats" donating to the Tea Party and Freedom Works aren't all that wealthy. i know of one (myself) who makes less than $20,000 a year. there are many Americans who still love the free market system. if you want communism move to China. Why do you insist on screwing up a good thing? Laziness I suppose.

    Posted by Marx was a dumbass, 08/18/2010 4:25am (5 years ago)

  • What polls are you reading? The Tea Party movment has about 25% of all Americans, and countless others, though not activist, will vote in favor of the Tea Parties in November. This election shows promise...

    Comunist pigs...

    Posted by , 08/12/2010 2:57pm (5 years ago)

  • Anti-Tea party groups are full of racism and fear mongering. Pictures like the one above and many much more despicable are all coming from this mis-guided group just like the violence they claim the Tea Party has. Most of this violence is shown to be from SEIU thugs.

    Posted by Ted Pearson, 06/25/2010 6:00pm (5 years ago)

  • We must defeat the tea party this election. If they win even a partial victory, we will never get rid of them.

    The tea party movement is one of the most dangerous developments in many years. They use just the right amount of catch phrases to deceive the public into believing they, the tea party, are something they are not.

    Come on people get out and vote them off the planet.

    Posted by Ronald Humphrey, 06/23/2010 6:01am (5 years ago)

  • If I am sure of anything it is that the vast middle of American politics isn't upset at all and they sure won't vote out a lot of incumbants this fall. And if you buy that I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.

    Posted by Richard Fontaine, 06/22/2010 4:02pm (5 years ago)

  • Boosterism is for the senationalist driven corporate media, not for Marxist publication.

    Posted by nampa, 06/20/2010 11:31pm (5 years ago)

  • The Tea Party represents the petite bourgeoisie. Which most people are not.

    Posted by Trailer Trash, 06/20/2010 7:07pm (5 years ago)

  • A great progressive, Regina Thomas, is running against blue dog Congressmen John Barrow, in Georgia's 12 Congressional district. The primary is July20.

    Posted by Sean Mulligan, 06/19/2010 6:33pm (5 years ago)

  • I see people wanting to spend more and taxed more everyday. Tea Party is over we need to spend our way out of these problems. If we make sure our kids are smarter than us they'll be able to pay it off!

    Posted by Thomaspain, 06/18/2010 3:59pm (5 years ago)

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