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'Tea party' is polarizing, but has many 'closet admirers,' poll finds
Christian Science Monitor ^ | 09/15/10 | Patrik Jonsson

Posted on 09/15/2010 1:08:52 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Forty-four percent of Americans now see the upstart "tea party" movement in a favorable light, according to a new Christian Science Monitor/TIPP poll.

What's more, about 40 percent of tea party sympathizers say they would not attend a tea party event, meaning they are essentially "closet admirers" of the small-government movement, says TIPP pollster Raghavan Mayur.

"The general party line says the tea party is fringe, but I think most of the public hasn't bought that point of view ... and sees the tea party movement in a positive to neutral light," says Mr. Mayur, president of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence in Ramsey, N.J., who last weekend oversaw the poll of 908 American adults. "The overarching message here is that Democrats have been in denial about the tea party [phenomenon] … and I think it's coming back to haunt them."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2010electionbias; ivorytower; patriots; pravdamedia; rebellionisbrewing; teaparty; teapartyrebellion

1 posted on 09/15/2010 1:08:55 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: Jim Robinson

Ping! ;)


2 posted on 09/15/2010 1:09:15 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I guess Obama, Pelosi and Reid are “mainstream”. ROTFL!!! Yeah! Right!


3 posted on 09/15/2010 1:12:59 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (This isn't going to be "another 1994"! It's going to be much, much worse! Deal with it 'RATS!!!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle; The Comedian
The general party line says the tea party is fringe, but I think most of the public hasn't bought that point of view

It's the "general party line" of what Party? Party of the first part or party of the second part?


4 posted on 09/15/2010 1:12:59 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Amazing. The MSM is busy insulting half the country. The Democrats are screwing the rest and they think they can win.


5 posted on 09/15/2010 1:13:14 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (counter revolutionary)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Forty-four percent of Americans now see the upstart "tea party" movement in a favorable light

No wonder the 'rats have been unsuccessful scaring off the "mainstream." At 44% favorable, the Tea Party IS the mainstream."

6 posted on 09/15/2010 1:13:47 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

“… and I think it’s coming back to haunt them.””

Here’s hoping it comes back like the wolfman to rip their friggin throats out!


7 posted on 09/15/2010 1:13:52 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Before November, they will come out of the closet for America!


8 posted on 09/15/2010 1:14:07 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Polarizing. Like the little boy said to the little girl - I’m not the opposite sex. YOU are the opposite sex.


9 posted on 09/15/2010 1:14:35 PM PDT by DManA
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"The overarching message here is that Democrats have been in denial about the tea party [phenomenon] … and I think it's coming back to haunt them."

'Astroturf' leaves one heck of a rug burn.

10 posted on 09/15/2010 1:14:38 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Obad. 1:15: As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle; Jim Robinson
Wish I could go to their gatherings ~ alas, there are a variety of reasons ranging from eyes, to feet, to digestive system that restrict the zone of opportunity ~ but I have FR and the net, and that's probably where my skill set is best used.

I think of the TEA Partiers as being pretty much the ambulatory segment of the near-retired who may still have some assets and who are NOT going to let the Obama Great Recession destroy them or their country.

Whatever the Leftwingtards think of them I despise Leftwingtards and their syphilitic brain stems.

11 posted on 09/15/2010 1:15:39 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Tea Party Is Polarizing...

Yeah, not like that wonderful Barack Obama, who follows every Rule of Alinsky except the one about polarizing your target.

12 posted on 09/15/2010 1:15:53 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I love the stuff about “polarizing”. As if taking any stand on a political question is rarely polarizing.

Of course the Tea Party is polarizing. These people are taking a very strong stand on a number of issues. If they didn’t the Tea Party would be of no more significance than a garden party.


13 posted on 09/15/2010 1:16:01 PM PDT by scory
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

14 posted on 09/15/2010 1:16:17 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Polarizing? Polaraizing whom against whom????

BS. Meaningless blabber.


15 posted on 09/15/2010 1:17:29 PM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"The overarching message here is that Democrats have been in denial about the tea party [phenomenon] … and I think it's coming back to haunt them."

The establishment wants to force us to be divided into red and blue. But the secret is that the red pill and the blue pill all lead to the same place, just at different speeds. I choose yellow.

16 posted on 09/15/2010 1:18:54 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Yeah, but Obama is NEVER polarizing.


17 posted on 09/15/2010 1:20:12 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DManA

That’s right and the little boy said to the little girl, “You have cooties too”.


18 posted on 09/15/2010 1:22:34 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
What's polarizing is a government that believes the only solution to serious problems is to pass legislation, restrict liberties, spend money on entitlement programs, and risk collapsing the system in spite of the pleading of the American people. The Tea Party movement HAPPENED only because the people are awakening to the fact that the leadership offered by the government is the kind of leadership that sends the entire nation off the edge of a cliff.

When governments fail to protect the people and instead work hard to ensure national suicide, patriots step up and do everything they can to set things right.

19 posted on 09/15/2010 1:22:34 PM PDT by SaveTheChief (Obama dithered, America withered.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Something to note:

The Tea Party’s numbers are BETTER than Obummers.

A LOT better

CAN THEY HEAR US NOW???


20 posted on 09/15/2010 1:23:20 PM PDT by Danae (Analnathrach, orth' bhais's bethad, do che'l de'nmha.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
'Tea party' is polarizing,

Polarized lenses reduce the glare and make vision much clearer.

21 posted on 09/15/2010 1:27:54 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Gun control was originally to protect Klansmen from their victims. The basic reason hasn't changed.)
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To: KarlInOhio

“Polar Zing” is a good thing......


22 posted on 09/15/2010 1:29:57 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"'Tea party' is polarizing, but has many 'closet admirers,' poll finds"

Of course, it's polarizing; it wouldn't be much of a movement if it wasn't.

But then the left calls anything that stands in its way of total global domination, "polarizing".

The TPM doesn't really do anything that American patriots haven't done for the past 200 years; stand for freedom and the Constitution. But the new "progressives" see those two things alone as a total denial of their quest of running the world.

The MSM has worn the covers off its Thesaurus trying to find new words to use in villianizing the TPM; they've claimed racism where none exists; they've claimed violence when none has occurred, and they've even tried the long shot of "sedition".

But, like the signs in front of a lot of elementary schools in the nation, "Today's Word is: 'polarizing'." Can you say "polarizing"? "I knew you could.".

That's silly, but that is what the democrat party has left the far left bring them down to...trite silliness.

Every time we let the children use the car, we have to get it out of the ditch they run it into. Everytime the GOP has to come in an be the National clean-up crew like some dutiful father paying off their children's excesses.

But children recruit children and frat boys hire former frat boys, and so goes the democrat party...they will never achieve adulthood. The ones who fall by the wayside are those who sit and wait for entitlements.

This country wasn't founded by children, it was founded FOR our children to provide a place for them to grow up and enjoy freedom and prosperity, based on their will to work for their piece of the pie.

If "polarizing" is defined as demanding the rule of law, The Constitition, and freedom to pursue the American dream, then I'm all for it.

But if we need a good example of "polarizing", well, just look at our "post racial" president...the Liar-in-chief.
23 posted on 09/15/2010 1:36:04 PM PDT by FrankR (Standing up to TYRANTS is the only thing that will stop the onslaught of TYRANNY.)
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To: FrankR

“polarizing”?

is that like “optics” and “unexpected”?


24 posted on 09/15/2010 1:37:58 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

“The overarching message here is that Democrats have been in denial about the tea party [phenomenon] … and I think it’s coming back to haunt them.”

What could they have done? They are leftists. They are unable to support Tea Party goals.

Of course, they could just lie.

“I’m a tea partier from way back.” Barry Sotero, 2012.

“I invented the tea party.” Al Gore, 2012.

“I’m amazed at what a great tea-partier Obama is. It makes my leg tingle.” Chris Matthews, 2012.

“One day, Bill and I were tea-partying when . . .” HRC, 2012.

“The House minority caucus just loves tea time.” Nancy Pelosi, 2012.

“This authentic memo is made from the ashes of tea-partiers that George Bush burned up just for fun.” Dan Rather, 2012.

“Everything is all George Bush’s fault.” Barry Sotero, 2048.


25 posted on 09/15/2010 1:43:13 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: muawiyah
 

Wish I could go to their gatherings...but I have FR and the net, and that's probably where my skill set is best used.
 
No flies on that whatsoever, M. You are doing what you can in spite of your situation and that counts for something in the scheme of things.
 
 

26 posted on 09/15/2010 1:45:41 PM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

IOW, the Tea Party represents the majority of Americans, who are simply to afraid to admit their leanings because the Tea Party has been smeared by Democrats and the media.


27 posted on 09/15/2010 1:56:21 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Truman: The buck stops here. Obama: Buck? What buck? Did I tell you how it's all Bush's fault?)
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To: MrB

something like that.


28 posted on 09/15/2010 2:09:40 PM PDT by FrankR (Standing up to TYRANTS is the only thing that will stop the onslaught of TYRANNY.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
I AM A POLARIZING TEA PARTY MEMBER

If by polarizing, the leftists mean that I am no longer willing to silently sit back and watch them turn this nation into a 3rd world socialist hellhole, then YES, as a Tea Party member I am their polar opposite.

If by polarizing, the leftists mean that I should accept it with grace when their political stooges vote to pass 2,000+ page bills into law that they have not read nor know what burdens it imposes on the citizenry, then absolutely YES, I proudly stand as a polar opposite of what they represent.

If by polarizing, the leftists mean that I should embrace rather than resist their daily attempts to restrict and/or destroy my liberty and freedoms afforded to me by this nation's constitution, then HELL YES, I'm absolutely their polar opposite.

If by polarizing, the leftists mean that I should willingly forsake my trust and faith in God Almighty and my Savior Jesus Christ, and replace it with submission and dependency upon their godless, humanistic government controlled services, then PRAISE GOD, YES, I stand in total opposition to their evil intents to rob men's souls.

If by polarizing, the leftists think that I should gladly pay over half of my hard earned income to them as taxes so they can redistribute my wealth to the lazy, grow the governmental beauraucracy like a metasticizing cancer, and spend this nation straight into bankruptcy that will destroy my children's and grandchildren's hope for achieving the American Dream someday in the future, then d@mn straight, YES, I will fight them tooth and nail taking every 180 degree opposite action to their's that I can to defeat their objectives.

Yes, as a Tea Party member, I am polarizing, because I represent the exact opposite of every evil intent and foul smelling bird that they support in their march to destroy this nation born of freedom and liberty. I am and will forever be their worst nightmare.

29 posted on 09/15/2010 2:14:09 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; When a wicked man rules, the people groan.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Forty-four percent of Americans now see the upstart "tea party" movement in a favorable light, according to a new Christian Science Monitor/TIPP poll

Which is about 3 times as many as see any one in the present government in a favorite light.

30 posted on 09/15/2010 2:24:25 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

This is what happens when you demonize something that everyone in their heart of hearts knows is correct; exit polls and surveys will be skewed, and in the privacy of the ballot box people will be themselves, not the PC robot most of us are forced to be at work, with neighbors, etc.


31 posted on 09/15/2010 2:26:38 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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32 posted on 09/15/2010 2:55:51 PM PDT by mojitojoe ("The Arabic call to prayer is one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset." punk in chief)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
going to a rally is NOT required...
33 posted on 09/15/2010 3:03:38 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: screaminsunshine
The MSM is busy insulting half the country.

That insult implies that for every TEA Party attendee, there are ten more who agree with him. I'd say that's pretty good!

34 posted on 09/15/2010 3:18:25 PM PDT by LouD ("against all enemies, foreign and domestic...")
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

What America is seeing is that the Wacky radical Left fringe has taken over and is in the process of trying to transform America into some type of European style socialist nation. True Patriots know that America was created to escape such intolerant oppressive government controls and they are rising up... Only the ignorant and the ruling class remain entrenched in this idea of fringe Progressivism that is actually Marxism in hiding.


35 posted on 09/15/2010 7:26:07 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey (Our nation has a choice, Vote or Die.)
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