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Tea Party Made Up of 'Freaked Out White Men': Whitney (Santelli responds)
CNBC.com ^ | Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | By: Jeff Cox CNBC.com Staff Writer

Posted on 08/10/2011 4:13:40 PM PDT by philo

Tea Party Made Up of 'Freaked Out White Men': Whitney

By: Jeff Cox

CNBC.com Staff Writer

Tea Party members are primarily “freaked out white men” who pose the greatest political threat to Democrats in 2012, according to banking analyst Meredith Whitney.

Speaking in the broader context of a discussion on CNBC regarding the Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. debt, Whitney said the dissenters represent the type of problems that have led to the current predicament in Washington.

“Call it Tea Party, whatever you will, the fringe element is I characterize (as) freaked-out white men who are unemployed and have been unemployed for three years and they’re scared to death,” she said. “Three to four million of them are about to roll off unemployment benefits in the next three to four months. This is only going to get worse.”

Democrats looking to hold the White House and regain full control of Congress will need to take note.

“For this reason you have to deal with the structural issues,” Whitney said. “If you are a Machiavellian Democrat you want do deal with this issue and defuse the Tea Party as fast as you possibly can because this poses the biggest threat to their re-election in 2012.”

Her comments come at a turbulent time for markets, which saw a more than 600-point drop for the Dow industrials on Monday that was followed by a more than 400-point gain on Tuesday.

Economic uncertainty is at the crux of the tumult, with investors caught between crosswinds of debt issues in Europe and the U.S. as well as the threat of rising unemployment.

Whitney said extending unemployment benefits, which already have been pushed to 99 weeks, is not the answer.

“You feel better about yourself when you’re working. Kids feel better about their parents when they’re working. Having a job is more than having a paycheck,” Whitney said. “To push for the extension of unemployment benefits is going to and should unleash absolute backlash against this administration because that’s a horrendous idea.”


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1 posted on 08/10/2011 4:13:42 PM PDT by philo
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To: philo

ROTFLOL These people haven’t a clue as to who or what the Tea Party is.


2 posted on 08/10/2011 4:16:09 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: philo

Yes the very people that built this place are freaked out, you Leftist loon!


3 posted on 08/10/2011 4:16:45 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: philo

Well, don’t judge everybody by me.


4 posted on 08/10/2011 4:19:10 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: freekitty
Wow. I don't feel ‘freaked out’ and I pay more taxes then most of my block.

Am I white? I act white and kind of ‘Uncle Tomish’.

We now know that the Progressive Left and the 2012 election will be all about replacing ‘BushHitlerCheny’ with the ‘Boogie Man TEA Party’ to run against.

Hey, where did all of those AstroTurf War Protesters go? ANSWER? Not a peep since the DNC told them to back off. MoveOn.... LOL, hiding.

5 posted on 08/10/2011 4:20:09 PM PDT by Oiao
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To: philo

Santelli - Take no prisoners! Pissed off the rich white woman!


6 posted on 08/10/2011 4:20:27 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: freekitty
As with most elitists, Whitney simply doesn't get it.

They continue to try to demonize us or marginalize us, but it backfires and just makes us even more passionate about our cause.

7 posted on 08/10/2011 4:21:53 PM PDT by comebacknewt ((on second thought, never mind, go away again Newt))
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To: philo

Ah, the old ‘what’s wrong with you; why are you so angry at the horrible things I said about people like you?’ response from her. A classic.


8 posted on 08/10/2011 4:22:06 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: philo

I wonder what kind of reaction a political headline that contained the words “Freaked Out Black Men” would create? Oh, I think I know the answer.


9 posted on 08/10/2011 4:23:24 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: philo

Whitney stepped in it and Santelli called her out. She seemed sincerely flummoxed...it’ll be interesting to see if she changes her snobbish tune.


10 posted on 08/10/2011 4:23:36 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: philo
The Tea Party isn't about race.It's about a CHANGE from the status quo of Washington.
11 posted on 08/10/2011 4:24:27 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire but I swear I didn't see him in the rearview mirror.)
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To: philo
Santelli is the founder of the Tea Party. This loon doesn't know who she is criticizing. She thinks it is unemployed angry white men.
12 posted on 08/10/2011 4:25:12 PM PDT by oldbrowser (They're socialists don't call them liberals)
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To: philo

“…freaked-out white men who are unemployed…”
Well, she’s partially right about that. I am freaked out and I am white. That’s because I AM employed and seeing my future slip away because of runaway government.


13 posted on 08/10/2011 4:25:34 PM PDT by D_Idaho ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...")
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To: philo

Angry because they want more unemployment benefits? This woman is completely in the dark about the tea party.


14 posted on 08/10/2011 4:27:04 PM PDT by imskylark
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To: philo
Hmmmm, last time I checked I was a white female. And so were about half the people that showed up to our last tea party rally. In fact the person in charge of our tea party is a woman.

Seems much more likely that it's the left that's freaked out.

15 posted on 08/10/2011 4:27:46 PM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: D_Idaho

Yeah, whoever this Whitney person is, she totally missed the boat. TEA = Tax Enough Already.


16 posted on 08/10/2011 4:28:24 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: philo

Imagine if Rush said: The DNC is made up of angry blacks.


17 posted on 08/10/2011 4:28:30 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Life as Nancy Pelosi knows & wants it, must end, Life As Nancy Knows it is to raise Debt 10% annualy)
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To: KJC1
Ugh, I meant "Taxed Enough Already" lol
18 posted on 08/10/2011 4:29:06 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: philo

Bump


19 posted on 08/10/2011 4:30:17 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: philo

“Economists exist to make weathermen look good.”


20 posted on 08/10/2011 4:31:11 PM PDT by twister881
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To: philo

Home viewing bookmark.


21 posted on 08/10/2011 4:32:14 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: philo

I’m white, male, unemployed and scraping for every dollar I can make just to pay the monthlys and food.

Ya, I’m freaked out. Freaked that letters from the IRS will be showing up in my mailbox anytime now demanding some of what I don’t have to give them AND freaked out that anything extra I could give them would be just pissed away.


22 posted on 08/10/2011 4:34:18 PM PDT by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: comebacknewt

You are right and it is backfiring on them.


23 posted on 08/10/2011 4:36:25 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Oiao

Actually, bowelmoveon is protesting today in Austin.


24 posted on 08/10/2011 4:37:33 PM PDT by spankalib
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To: philo
She believes she is omniscient because she once copied someone else's good idea and took credit for it because she was more telegenic than he was.

Millions of gullible people are eating out of her hand.

25 posted on 08/10/2011 4:37:33 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Oiao

LOL And I am a little old white lady who happens to agree.


26 posted on 08/10/2011 4:38:30 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: philo

27 posted on 08/10/2011 4:38:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: philo

Rick Sanatelli has more presidential timber in his little pinky than does

1) Perry
2) Romney
3) McCain
4) Dole


28 posted on 08/10/2011 4:39:35 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: spankalib

Yeah, I forgot about that little enclave of Progs in Tx (that and most of south Houston).

LOL


29 posted on 08/10/2011 4:42:49 PM PDT by Oiao
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30 posted on 08/10/2011 4:43:59 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: philo

Two things:

First, Meredith Whitney has been dead wrong on her forecasts and recommendations. If you want to make money you will need to do the opposite of her recommendations. Hence, Santelli’s question as to how many municipalities have defaulted on their bonds this year. It is well below last year, yet, Whitney had forecasted a significant increase in defaults.

Second, what ticked me off is the CNBC stooges who were hosting this program. Joe Kernen, you were one of them, who simply sat there and said nothing in response to her attack. It took several minutes for Santelli to come on the air from the Chicago trading pit for someone to give this idiot “what for”.


31 posted on 08/10/2011 4:50:25 PM PDT by CdMGuy
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32 posted on 08/10/2011 4:57:24 PM PDT by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . white men are busy ordering cheeseburgers and sitting on their money . .)
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To: freekitty
These people haven’t a clue as to who or what the Tea Party is.

That's exactly right. Most of them are mentally AND emotionally incapable of understanding what it's all about. I'd call it a fatal blindness.

33 posted on 08/10/2011 5:01:41 PM PDT by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: Oiao

WELCOME to Free Republic! Nuff said! ;)


34 posted on 08/10/2011 5:02:52 PM PDT by Mama Shawna
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To: Oiao

Welcome to the party, sir. It’s about to get interesting.


35 posted on 08/10/2011 5:04:10 PM PDT by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: philo

OK, I’ll ask, who is Merideth Whitney, and why is she such a stupid bitch?


36 posted on 08/10/2011 5:05:00 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Noumenon

Good description


37 posted on 08/10/2011 5:13:46 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: philo
Meredith Whitney is an embarrassment to blonds world-wide.

Clueless talking head.

38 posted on 08/10/2011 5:22:33 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: Bernard Marx
I wonder what kind of reaction a political headline that contained the words “Freaked Out Black Men” would create? Oh, I think I know the answer.

Aren't freaked out black men rioting all over the world right now...I think she is picking on the wrong race...the racist beotch. Blacks are being violent at the moment not the Tea Party or the Amish...her projecting is comical.

39 posted on 08/10/2011 5:24:07 PM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: philo

I must live on an alternative planet. Whitney is saying that extending unemployment benefits is a BAD thing (the same position that Rush takes) because it is healthy for the breadwinner, family, etc. for the person to work.

She is clearly taking the White House to task for their approach.

The comment about angry white men is metaphorical, not literal.

In her previous appearances she pretty much puts the blame on spending, and as far I can remember, doesn’t say the problem is a lack of taxes.

I think everyone is mis-interpreting her comments. I love Santelli but he missed what she really was saying.

The comment about municipal defaults was better suited to an elementary school recess. We just had a high profile Muni default in Rhode Island last week.


40 posted on 08/10/2011 5:31:00 PM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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I am a unemployed white male since Obama went for that swim in Pensacola bay to tell the Coast Guard “Crisis Over.” I am not freaked out and I may actually have a job on the horizon. Whitney can stick her comment where the sun doesn’t shine. When Santelli told her to stick to munis, I said “YESSSSSSSS!” She looked totally lost after that.


41 posted on 08/10/2011 5:37:41 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15.)
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So, Sarah Palin is a white man, according to this Whitney moonbat?

Who knew?


42 posted on 08/10/2011 5:41:07 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Obama inherited a mild recession from George W. Bush and turned it into a major depression.)
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To: philo

I’m a freaked out white guy!!!!!

Who knew? /s

Proud Conservative, God fearing, Black American man!!!


43 posted on 08/10/2011 5:42:32 PM PDT by Leofl (I'm from Texas, we don't dial 9-11)
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To: LRoggy
I love Santelli but he missed what she really was saying.

I see it quite differently.

I think Santelli got what she said.

Meredith Whitney is the one who didn't get what she said.

She stereotyped almost the entire Tea Party movement as nothing more than white men. Angry white men - not concerned, rational white men.

Then she reduces the motivation and goals of the Tea Party as nothing more than the reaction of those unemployed ANGRY white men. (Bitter Clingers?)

In one breath she dismisses the Tea Party as simply a way for white guys to let off steam and dismisses white guys as whiners who are upset that the economy (and perhaps society and technology?) has passed them by.

Beating up on the Tea Party is the sport of the moment and white men seem to be the only demographic that can safely be discriminated against, denigrated, ridiculed and dismissed - after all, they are reactionary dinosaurs and they just aren't too smart. Where would we be without "Clueless White Guy" commercials? All the really smart, competent women and minorities need a slow witted straight man - right?

So Whitney took a safe, cheap shot and can't imagine why Santelli called her on it.


44 posted on 08/10/2011 6:09:56 PM PDT by Iron Munro (One Trillion seconds = 31,709.79 YEARS / One Trillion dollars = Obama's small change)
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To: Iron Munro

I think the Libtards are just hoping that one of these verbal abuses of the Tea Party will trigger a violent response, so they can say, “I told you so.” It flustrates and angers them when they don’t succeed. Whitney was very flustrated.


45 posted on 08/10/2011 6:17:20 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15.)
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To: philo

Okay, I’m getting confused now. I thought I was a terrorist Hobbit, now I’m a freaked out white guy. Is it possible to be both?


46 posted on 08/10/2011 6:32:38 PM PDT by EandH Dad (sleeping giants wake up REALLY grumpy)
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To: CdMGuy

Exactly. Where was Kernan?


47 posted on 08/10/2011 6:35:12 PM PDT by STJPII
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To: OrioleFan

I can’t see the Tea Party people starting violence, but I would bet on them finishing it.


48 posted on 08/10/2011 6:38:58 PM PDT by EandH Dad (sleeping giants wake up REALLY grumpy)
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To: philo

“Stick with munis” — I love it.


49 posted on 08/10/2011 6:43:23 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Oiao

Yes, it appears they’ve identified a new focus of hate.


50 posted on 08/10/2011 7:17:54 PM PDT by gogeo (...and if you're greener than Gore, you're green enough!!! Robert A Hall)
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