Tea Party – From Fringe to Mainstream

From Fringe to Mainstream… what a ways this group has come.

A growing list:

Russell Dana “Russ” Feingold

This video is a must watch. Feingold (D) slams his opponent for not agreeing with the Tea Party strongly enough.

Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet

NBC’s David Gregory gave appointed Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet the chance to bash the Tea Party movement during Sunday’s Meet the Press debate with his Tea Party-backed Republican opponent, but he didn’t take the bait.

“I haven’t seen a lot of that either,” Bennet said during a discussion about whether there are racist or extreme elements within the Tea Party movement.

Bennet appeared to agree on that issue with Ken Buck, the Republican nominee and Weld County district attorney who won his primary with the aid of Tea Party groups. “I find it offensive that people would try to label the Tea Party that way,” Buck said. – link

Wall Street Journal

In the survey, 71% of Republicans described themselves as tea-party supporters, saying they had a favorable image of the movement or hoped tea- party candidates would do well in the Nov. 2 elections…

The poll found that tea-party supporters make up one-third of the voters most likely to cast ballots in November’s midterm elections. This showed the movement “isn’t a small little segment, but it is a huge part of what’s driving 2010,” Mr. Hart said…

The tea party is a major driver of the so-called enthusiasm gap, with three-quarters of supporters saying they are intensely interested in the election…2

Meanwhile the president himself is at low (CNN poll):

“The president’s approval rating now stands at 42 percent

Investors Business Daily

In the site’s upper part, near links to Tea Party news, a Twitter feed and an iPod app, is a window to the Tea Party Patriots’ Facebook page, with 436,767 fans as of Wednesday. That compares with 122,099 fans of the official Facebook page for the Democratic Party, acclaimed for using the Internet and other technology two years ago to carry President Obama and others into office.3

PJTV/Pulse Opinion Research

“more than half of likely voters (56%) supporting the Tea Party”1

sfweekly

The poll, conducted by the respected Zogby group, found that one in five iPhone users are influenced by the Tea Party

Democratic New York Gov. David Paterson

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. David Paterson, unlike many of his Democratic colleagues, says the tea party movement is a good thing.

Paterson says most tea party activists reject the extremist views of some members and that the movement as a whole is making important contributions to democracy.

Although Paterson prefers Democrat Andrew Cuomo over tea party Republican Carl Paladino in the New York governor’s race, he says the movement is bringing people who are not interested in government back into the process.

Note To Self

Grab quote from notebook

Beck Rally vs Dem Rally

Note to self, grab pic comparison

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