About one-thrid of Americans view the Tea Party in a favorable light, and 22% directly identify as supporters, according to a December 11, 2013 Gallup Poll.
White House allies are on the attack – they believe they must do whatever it takes to marginalize these folks. Frankly, we think it’s too late. Such efforts to downplay growing voter unrest through mockery and ugly attacks (suggesting racism, etc.) seem likely to backfire.
Former President Bill Clinton has even issued his own “warnings” against Tea Party activists, whining that members are essentially weak-minded people being whipped into a frenzy by voices on talk radio and the internet. He even suggested another Oklahoma City bombing could occur.
Rush Limbaugh responded:
“This is the president who pardoned and released a bunch of Puerto Rican terrorists on his last week in office. The FALN gang. He also pardoned the Weather Underground terrorists — and he’s now lecturing us on violence that hasn’t happened, a peaceful tea party movement. We cannot even say “Islamic” and “terrorists” in the same sentence! We cannot associate radical Islam with terrorism but the president can go out and Obama can go out and try to associate the tea party — genuine, peace-loving, middle-American citizens of this country — with future acts of terrorism?” “The tea parties, you know why they’re hated? I’ll tell you why they’re hated. If you’re a member of a tea party, if you participated in one yesterday, why you’re hated, why you’re feared: This regime and the Clintons, everybody else knows that all you want to do is defend what’s left of this country and try to rebuild it.
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