Skip to comments.Dem Pollster Shocked to Find No Racism in Tea Partiers, So They Invent Some
Posted on 12/11/2013 2:35:05 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
The Democratic pollster Democracy Corps, commissioning research from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, recently dug into that foreign species commonly referred to as the conservative voter. In a dispatch that reads like the curious field notes Charles Darwin scribbled while observing the natural wonders of the Galapagos, the Democratic pollsters have found that the family Republican is made up of a variety of genera, including moderates, tea partiers and socially conservative evangelicals.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pollsters discovered that these factions are distinct and not especially friendly towards one another; but the report is not without surprising findings.
The top of that list is the discovery that the majority of Republican voters are fed up with litigating social issues via the electoral process. A wave of pragmatism is overtaking the GOPs subgroups, setting up a collision with the last remaining holdouts within the GOP who view politics as the last weapon in a dwindling arsenal aimed at halting what they view as a debasing of the culture.
We know that Evangelicals are the largest bloc in the base, with the Tea Party very strong as Well, the memo reads. They feign shock at the notion that Republicans view President Barack Obama as a liar and a manipulator, two designations that the majority of American voters would agree with but to which the Democratic bases Pavlovian response is to point and shriek racism.
Indeed, the pollsters even confess that they expected to find more racism among Republican voters. We expected that in this comfortable setting or in their private written notes, some would make a racial reference or racist slur when talking about the African American President, they confess. None did.
But this response by the voters they surveyed is viewed by Democracy Corps pollsters more as a clever evolutionary response to a history of predation. The Republican voter, the pollsters declare, harbors racial consciousness that is only masked by an effective camouflage:
They know that is deeply non-PC and are conscious about how they are perceived. But focusing on that misses how central is race to the worldview of Republican voters. They have an acute sense that they are white in a country that is becoming increasingly minority, and their party is getting whooped by a Democratic Party that uses big government programs that benefit mostly minorities, create dependency and a new electoral majority. Barack Obama and Obamacare is a racial flashpoint for many Evangelical and Tea Party voters.
The capable naturalists at Democracy Corps are trained to recognize even the latent, recessive racism lingering deep within the Republican genome. Like the human coccyx, the vestigial prejudice in the GOP voter is betrayed when the subject is scrutinized by those with trained eyes.
Looking past the obligatory nods to partisan shibboleths contained within this memo, however, are a series of interesting nuggets that contribute to the political debate. Evangelicals who feel most threatened by trends embrace the Tea Party because they are the ones who are fighting back, the memo reads. They are very in tune politically, but the Tea Party base is very libertarian and not very interested in fighting gay marriage.
This spells trouble on the horizon. The tense truce between socially conservative evangelicals and tea partiers, two groups which largely agree on philosophy but greatly differ over tactics, will certainly find themselves again at odds when the Republican Partys presidential primary process heats up after the midterm elections. The clash may, however, come sooner.
As National Journals Charlie Cook observes, Sen. Harry Reids (D-NV) best shot at maintaining his majority in the upper chamber of Congress by scuttling a small budget deal and forcing House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to take an unpalatable measure back to his members in order to force another shutdown. This cynical tactic is among the last tools in the toolshed for Democrats, and it just might work.
In the same way, Democrats can shatter this fragile truce between purist evangelicals and pragmatic tea partiers by forcing the issue of national gay marriage legislation. It would tear the country apart, but with the country will go the GOP.
With almost a third of democrats opposing homosexual marriage, their strategy of using gay marriage litigation to divide the GOP might just backfire.
Possibly from “Taxed Enough Already”
Democrats want to do away with regional representation altogether and deal solely on population in general.
They are clustered in infestations primarily in urban areas and other regions where the local white population has been poisoned by liberalism for generations.
They especially hate the district/regional representation that fills the seats of the House of Representatives. It drives them mad, because they do not have the numbers to spread out their ‘constituents’ over the land mass of these United States.
It galls them now, particularly, because the HoR is the only backstop against a rabid judiciary, Senate and Presidency. The only way to stop this is more constituents spread ubiquitously, or more money - and they do not have enough of either. Yet they keep trying - like a robot trying to self-program a “Fourth Robot Law.”
Referring to welfare = racism.
Referring to the knock-out game = racism.
Referring to gangs = racism.
Referring to drugs = racism.
Even supporting voter I.D. = racism.
So the presence of Racism is proved by the total lack of evidence for it. I guess this logic proves Democrats can think.
Many of us would vote for Allen West or Herman Cain in a heartbeat. Principles not related to racism are why we fight.
“So the presence of Racism is proved by the total lack of evidence for it...”
Kinda like Global Warming eh?
Anyone who cannot connect social conservatism to economic conservatism is an idiot.
The Left is really hemming and hawing to try to prove that racism is a big problem in this country. Last night on Hannity, Leo Terrell tried to make the case for American “apartheid” by citing the fact that Idaho has only a small black population, yet he couldn’t come up with any evidence that blacks are in any way prevented or discouraged from living in or traveling to Idaho.
We expected that in this comfortable setting or in their private written notes, some would make a racial reference or racist slur when talking about the African American President, they confess. None did.
No racism here, would have referred to him as that incompetent SOB.
And from the Santelli CNBC rant that I thought launched the term. I think "Tea Party" once had a distinctive meaning - people who think the federal government spends far too much money doing far too many things - but now just seems to mean "movement conservative." But if others know better I am happy to be corrected.
Many FReepers were calling for a second “tea party” when TARP was first proposed in 2008. Some have claimed it started with the last Republican Congress. Santelli in 2009, picked up on what was stirring over the previous months and provided an eloquent national event.
Some have claimed it started with the wild expenditures of the last Republican Congress.
That’s my understanding as well. The TEA Party had an impact because its focus was narrow; it focused on taxing and spending and didn’t take a position on social issues.