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Report: Tea Party Activists Enthusiastic, But Political Affiliations Vary

August 16, 2010 by  

Tea Party activists enthusiastic, but political affiliations vary, report saysThe Tea Party movement remains a powerful force in American politics, although numerous recent studies have shown that its membership’s affiliation defies traditional party identification.

It may have started out as a right-wing movement responding to the needs of fiscally conservative Republicans, but a new report from Sam Adams Alliance—a nonprofit organization that promotes citizen activism and responsible government—has shown that in the last few months the involvement and enthusiasm of the movement’s activists has grown and expanded. In particular, a smaller number now self-identify as Republicans, and some 50 percent declare a different political affiliation.

The study, entitled The Next Wave: A Surf Report, found that 47 percent of polled activists consider themselves independent or unaffiliated, 20 percent identify with Tea Party or “other groups” and 13 percent are Libertarian.

The report also revealed that among Tea Party activists Sarah Palin was the number one choice for president in 2012, with 23 percent of support.

As if echoing these sentiments, Richard A. Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, commented on the Republican primaries in Colorado and Connecticut, where Tea Party candidates trumped establishment Republicans.

"Republican primary voters are continuing to move the Republican Party significantly to the right,” he stated, adding that “the 2011-12 Congress is likely to be the most conservative ever.”ADNFCR-1961-ID-19923917-ADNFCR

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  • s c

    Conservatism is not to be feared unless you have a hidden agenda and you borrowed your ideas from hostile nations that specialize in trying to destroy freedom. Republicans would do well to walk away from their in-house RINOs, and grow a pair and act like people who deserve to be in Washington.
    After what we’ve had to endure over the last year and a half, I’d vote for a transgendered, multi-ethnic, mouth breather, as long as he or she is a real CONSERVATIVE. I could accept someone whose name was picked out of a phone book, as long as that presidential candidate knows up from down and has as much common sense as a teenager who raised properly.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      sc,
      I concur whole heartedly!!! Almost anything would be better than Nobama!!!

    • slickporsche

      LOL I cannot disagree! good post

    • Eddie Gianola

      Along with the Democrat majority who remain in lockstep with their exalted messianic leader lest he expose their corruption,we must throw out the RINOS in November who are sissy Democrat fanny kissers. Start with Lindsey Graham and on down. Vote for those who endorse the Fair Tax and abolition of the IRS,EPA,NEA,and Energy Depts. Support for the 2nd Amendment is imperative. Support to bring Obama to task once and for all as to his legitimacy of being POTUS,then impeach him and throw him out. Support those willing to put Chris Dodd and Barney Frank in orange jumpsuits plus Obama with them for fraud against the American people.
      Go Sarah Barracuda and drill,baby,drill!

      • trut

        The whore from Alaska has to be the stupidest choice for the leader of this nation. Satan would be a far wiser choice than that retard.

        • s c

          O, compassionate one, tell us if you’re just another progressive space cadet, or are you standing behind a tree, trying to make people guess. If I use an old progressive trick, then women on the ‘other side of the fence’ are automatically fair game.
          When it comes to Queen Nancy Pelosi, she seem to have a much longer track record of selling herself than does Palin. I won’t mention Maxine Waters, though I’m tempted. By what standards do you judge Palin? Do you have the stones to judge Palin and Pelosi by the same standards?
          I suspect that you need to be flushed daily. Take off, and go find yourself a progressive website where you can be happier than a bloated,
          progressive pig in a ten thousand acre pig sty.

        • Dale on left coast

          trut . . . you moron . . . the re-tard is in the oval office . . . lol

        • TIME

          Trut,
          I have met Palin in person and spoken with her at length, she is a down to earth woman with a TON of common sense.
          Thus your VITROL is exposed for what it is, Worthless rhetoric.

          As far as the crew in DC, they fear her as she “connects with the people of the Middle Class.” As she is one of us.
          As well she is a straight shooter, thus she “says what she means and means what she says.”

          Again thats why the IVY League educated progressives HATE and FEAR her, and do what ever they can to sully her.
          So your post be it as worthless as it is, displays a clear case of the DC Media VITROL hype that all of America has become totaly disgusted with.

          I will take a REAL person such as Miss Palin over as many Whores like Barry Soetoro’s or Hillie Clinton, Joe Biden Nancy Pigosee you can stack on top of each other.
          A Cow Pie is still a Cow Pie in the end. DC is full of Cow Pies with Harvard educations all of whom are WHORES to the ROTHCHILDS by way of George Soro.

          • dennis W

            Thank you TIME……MRS.PALIN IS A ‘TRUE AMERICAN’….SHE IS THE GREATEST FEAR OF THESE DEVILS IN DC……THEY AND THEIR MINDLESS SUPPORTERS PROVE THEIR FEAR EVERYDAY BY SAYING AND DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO DISCREDIT HER AND HER FAMILY……MRS.SARAH PALIN FOR ‘PRESIDENT’ 2012..!!!!!

            GOD BLESS AMERICA…..DOMAIN OF THE MAMA GRIZZLIES…..”LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”.!! “GIVE ME ‘LIBERTY’ OR GIVE ME ‘DEATH’”…LIVE FREE OR DIE!!!!!!!!

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Time,
            the part about her being a straight shooter is true in more ways than one!!! I’d like to see trut shoot against her. Talk about a woman putting a man(?) to shame!!!!!

        • http://comcast Joan

          You could not come up with a more intelligent response than that- stick to the lack of qualifications that she has- whore and retard makes you sound unintelligent.

          • Jana

            Joan,
            Sounds like Trut has a garbage mouth and a garbage mind.

          • http://naver samurai

            Sorry lady, if that’s what you call yourself, but she is way more experienced and qualified that Obama bin Laden! Look at their past records and compare notes. Wait a minute, a lib read? Don’t think so….. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • alpha-lemming

          She’s not my particular “cup of tea” but if the ONLY choices were Palin or Chairman ObaMao???

          The country would be FAR better served under a conservative idiot versus a brilliant Communist.

        • William

          trut you just proved to the world that you are a damned STUPID IDIOT and lack enough braines to come in out of the rain, why dont you quit writing your STUPID crapp here?

        • http://naver samurai

          You must be talking about that false messiah in the White House, you moron! Sarah, Condi, etc., would be soooooooooo much better that Obama bin Laden. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • Dan Creech

          Do not make the stupid mistake of voting for this woman. Find someone new and with a message. Stop watching TV news,reading national newspapers and pulp magzines.

          • http://naver Samurai

            You sound like someone who made the stupid mistake of voting for Obama bin Laden!

    • EddieW

      I got a unreal “survey” from the Republican National Committee…the most asinine survey I’ve ever seen…Please ask a legitimate question!! “Do you think Obama’s doing a good job? Such stupidity…I intend to send them the survey they should have send!! I can write a far better more meaningful one!!

      • s c

        Give it a try, EddieW. If you try to do a good job, that makes you more talented than most ‘Republicans’ or anyone at the RNC. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the retards of the ‘Republican’/RNC persuasion are waiting for the reincarnation of Abe Lincoln. They’re almost as out-of-touch as 99.99999% of the pond scummers who call themselves liberals, ‘Dems’ or progressives.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        EddieW,
        do like I do. I send all of their calls for donations(that is what your servey is)back to them with a message, hand written that says when they run a TRUE CONSERVATIVE I will send a donation!!!

  • Stephen

    I am definitely in the 77% who do not support Sarah Palin. I personally don’t think Sarah Palin represents the Tea Party values as I understand them. Let’s not forget the tea party began on the foundation of Ron Paul’s platform. That hasn’t changed with me.

    I don’t know what Sarah Palin stands for. I do know she hooked her wagon to John McCain. So, I’m confident that principles like ‘substantial equivalence’ and ‘war on terror’ and ‘the war on drugs’ are her values. I don’t hear anything about unraveling the fascist threads like The Federal Reserve or rectifying the infiltration of snake oil salesmen in the Food and Drug Administration.

    I hate to think that conservatives really believe the problem is only a year and a half old. President Bush was a disaster. He most exemplifies the connection between conservatism and fascism.

    For me The Tea Party is a return to personal sovereignty and responsibility. And this is all inclusive, it isn’t just for white people. Now one of the problems that exist for anyone who wants to be responsible for their own sovereignty are all the pigeon holes that have been legislated advantages to corporations, whose intentions are not in the best interest of the public at large.

    • Harry Sothern

      You sound like a moderate (Liberal- Lite) rather than a conservative.
      While George Bush did some things right(the Bush tax cuts that grew the economy & kept unemployment at 5%, and brought Americans together against the terrorists and kept us safe during his term in office)he tried too hard to get along with liberals – and any conservative knows that’s a BIG mistake. At least he was honest and we all knew where he stood with the issues.

      But the horrendous agenda of Barack Obama is nothing more than a liberal-socialist power grab, built om lies and deception.

      Sarah Palin is absolutely a true conservative who isn’t politically correct and she reflects the views of the majority of Americans who believe in smaller federal government, the freedom granted to We The People under the U.S. Constition.

      • Kinetic1

        Harry,
        I suppose if you average over the entire 8 years you could say that Bush held the unemployment rate to 5.3%, but that hardly tells the story. The unemployment rate in February 2001, Bush’s first month as President was 4.2%. By the end of the year it had climbed to 5.7%, an increase of 1.5 points. Over the next 2+ years it never dropped below that point and peaked at 6.3%. By April of ’04 things began to settle and by late ’05 the numbers were back in the low 5s and high 4s as a decline finally began, dropping to as little as 4.4% in late ’06 and early ’07. That’s when the news turns bad. Between August ’07 and July ’08 the rate jumped by 1.2 points, showing no sign of stopping. And by February ’09, President Obama’s first month in office the rate was at 8.2%!

        It’s been around 18 months since Obama took office, and the unemployment rate for July was 9.5%. It peaked higher, but it’s on the decline. In Bush’s first 18 months the rate grew steadily from 4.2% to 5.8% with no sign of stopping, despite the first round of tax cuts. That’s an increase of 1.3 points for Obama and 1.6 for Bush. So let’s be honest here. It looks bad for Obama because he started 4 points higher than Bush, but he’s really doing no worse than Bush did and maybe better. Only time will tell.

        As for Bush trying “too hard to get along with liberals”, that’s a load of conservative BS. Especially in his second term when he bragged “Let me put it to you this way: I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it. It is my style.” With his Republican lead House and Senate, he steamrolled his way into all sorts of programs that liberals opposed and never blinked an eye. The man wins another questionable election by just 2.5% and he thinks he has a conservative mandate. What an egotistical blow hard. Imagine what he would have been like if he had won by 7.2% like Obama.

        And Sarah the “true conservative”. Have you EVER read about here years in Alaska? During her 6 years as Mayor she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it over $22 million in the hole! Palin distributed surplus state revenues from oil company profits to the people of Alaska while at the same time recommending that the state borrow money for road projects. What kind of fiscal Conservative borrows money for infrastructure when they have a surplus? Sarah Palin is a two faced opportunist if ever there was one and I can’t believe how many people keep buying into her lies.

        • eddie47d

          She borrowed money from the Federal Govt. whom she loathes.That’s like having you cake and eating it too! Well, all Republicans do that so thanks for the reminder.

          • Claire

            There were Democrats and Republican RINOs alike that took stimulus money for their states. They are complaining about it now, so why did they take the money? I have never seen a lousier bunch of hypocrites. They all want their “perks” and then they will vote. They won’t pass any type of legislation unless there is “pork’ in it for them. What a crummy way to run a government. They disgust me. All of them. My dogs are certainly more honest than any of these politicians.

          • http://naver samurai

            Really, edduh? How about the money that Clinton/Gore campaign accepted from China. How about the trillions of dollars that Obama bin Laden has borrowed from China, thus increasing our debt to between $13 – $16 trillion dollars? The highest debt ever in our country’s history. Looks like the dems, commies, and libs like to get their hands on money too, now doesn’t it? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • William

      stephan you need to do e little research. if you will you will find that during Bush’s last four years in office the democrats were in controll just as they are now,

  • J.M.R.

    if your listening sarah is quite clear where she stands

  • Maggie

    Well said, Stephen. I think that Sarah Palin’s link to Insane McCain invalidates her as a good choice for the Tea Party. I like her on a personal level, but not on a political one. I, too, still think of the tea party movement in terms of the Ron Paul revolution. It has NOTHING to do with skin color or party affiliation but rather making laws and regulations based on the Constitution. (Or more importantly, not making unconstitional laws and regulations.) Personal rights and freedoms and the responsibility that comes with such rights is what it’s all about.

  • Dave

    I like Sarah Palin but would much prefer Ron Paul as President. He is probably the most intelligent person in US politics today.

    • TIME

      Dave,
      I agree with you Dr. Paul is a really good and honest man, perhaps a Dr. Paul and Miss Palin ticket.

  • slickporsche

    It amazes me, the fear that Palin instills in the liberals. It is like a flock of chickens that just saw the hawk over head. They scatter in 17 different directions and squawk like crazy. After she speaks at an political rally, they they cannot shut up.

    • 45caliber

      They are afraid of any leader the people might want to follow that they can’t control. And she doesn’t give them a handle to control her. Unlike most politicians, she isn’t interested in making political deals and accepting bribes. SO they fear her because she might give the country back to the people instead of leaving them in control.

    • s c

      Slickporsche, progressives and about 29 other varieties of self-deluded jerkasses fear Palin because she 1) doesn’t seem to be pre-programmed 2)
      her values are the opposite of a $2 whore 3) she dares to act like an independent 4) she hasn’t been ‘pre-blessed’ by the high priests of anti-freedom politics and 5) progressives have no use for a woman who can’ be trusted to parrot back the party line on a moment’s notice.
      That’s why progressives worship “women” like Queen Nancy Pelosi. She gets paid by California to go through the motions of being a ‘leader, BUT her heart, rump and soul belong to people in Europe.
      Anybody who thinks she serves any practical purpose in America has had his or her nose stuck in Alinsky’s books for far too long (and their Prozac no longer works).

  • slickporsche

    Don’t you think he might do the switcheroo on us? I would like to trust him, but I do not. THere is something about him, that tells me he might turn on us. I hope I am wrong, because we need a republican canidate that will inspire a lot of people. No matter what happens, the Democrats will fight like there is no tomorrow. I would like to know where they get all their money. It must be from our enemies, like Soros. Some one needs to take that guy down with a bullet,before he has the whole world fighting over nothing.

    • Jeep

      You ask where the Dems get their big money donations…well, wait for it…much comes from…hang on…BIG business. You know the wall street types. This is “shocking” to hear. But, the finance records are clear and available. One would think that Reps are in bed with big business, but the money trail says otherwise. Kinda’ makes you wonder, huh?

    • Harold Olsen

      I feel the same way about Ron Paul. I don’t trust him, but I don’t really know why. There is just something I can’t define that bothers me about him.

      • 45caliber

        I live in Ron Paul’s district. He is a great Congressman in that he votes against big spending and tries to stop America’s slide to Communism.

        But I think he would be a lousy President. He is a libertarian, not a Republican. He wants to isolate the US. In his goal to give Americans freedom he wants to make all drugs legal. He is against high taxes and wants to go to a flat tax – which to me has as many bad sides as good sides, just like any other tax. He is against welfare (so am I) and believes that the government should not get involved in this at all. He wants to bring all Americans back to the US and seal the borders. But he doesn’t believe we should have anything to do with the rest of the world and in today’s times, that isn’t possible.

        Make up your own mind.

  • Andy

    I believe it is time to stop thinking of “PARTY” and start thinking of our country and our liberties.

    I believe that Obama should lift the conceal orders on all his personal recortds and prove his right to be President – just as ALL Presidents are supposed to do. Congress is expected to enforce this requirement.

    I believe that Ron Paul is right about a fair tex and abolishing the IRS,Nea and several other governmental agencies.

    I believe that judges should stop making laws and just uphold the laws.

    I believe that if we don’t wake up soon, we will no longer be “The Beacon of Light and Freedom” that Reagan talked about.

    I believe the ACLU is a communist organization bent on the destruction of this great nation.

    I believe that Obama is a Socialist who is bent on destroying our freedoms to serve his idealistic goals of Elite Socialism.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    • TIME

      Andy, Good post.

    • Harold Olsen

      You’re right about the ACLU. After all, the person who founded it was both and atheist and a socialist.

      • http://PersonalLibertyAlerts Common Sense

        We’re not in a war on terror but a religious war, think back to the Crusades. As far as Obamo being a socialist, think, if your father and grandfather were Jewish, you’re a Jew, if your father and grandfather are Muslim, you’re a Mus. Now how successful would the Crusades have been if King Arthur had been a Muslim? When the pseudo Commander and Chief is waging war against his own people our bravest and finest are fighting on two fronts. Reverse intellect is prevailing over common sense, for the time being.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Common Sense,
          “if your father and grandfather were a muslim you are a muslim.” Tell that to the little girl from Ohio who ran away from home, went to Florida and became a Christian!!! she is eighteen now and doesn’t have to have anything to do with her family now f she doesn’t want to and she doesn’t want to as her father threatened to kill her!!!

  • http://yahoo abby

    I think the people who malign Palin are afraid of what she could do if put in a decision position. I don’t know if she is ready for the Presidency but I like her straight forward manner. She says what she means. People can always find fault with another; they do this in her case because they know she is dangerous. Dangerous to the current government ways.
    Whoever we elect next time around, let’s hope they will abolish the IRS and deal with a Fair Tax, put in term limits, and chastise the media for bias reporting. Also, the government has to be downsized, the Unions have got to be penalized for governemental meddling and force upon current members and others they are trying to unionize, we also need to revamp the government. Duplicative services must be eliminated; backroom dealings eliminated and buying congressional votes by rewarding their states with $$$must also be eliminated. We have got to get strict with the judicial system ensuring they make decisions based on the Constitution; not what they think the Constitution should be.
    It’s all right to grant rights to gays and lesbians; however it is not alright to penalize the rest of the nation because they don[t believe in them. We need to live together; stop being politically correct. Base our future on rights for all; not just a few. Additionally, all laws enacted to date and any that occur in the future must apply to everyone, no one to be exempted. Congress passes bills and then don’t have to abide by them. If everyone were required to be in compliance, we would have less problems and less animosity.
    Payoffs and bribery within the government has to be stopped.
    Immigration has to be tackled; no amnesty; for those deemed a benefit to this country (not taking free handouts), a way need to be devised for them to lead to eventual citizenship. Whether that be a green card or whatever. Driver’s licenses are being doled out to illegals in several states,not just for driving purposes. Citizenship must be attested or else licenses provided for driving only, not ID purposes.
    Is is wonderful for people to have more than one language; however, our nation should have only one flag and only one national language. No more catering to those who are here for the handouts, the freebies, etc; not more duplicative productions of information and laws, etc in several languages.
    Why are we giving social security to illegals? we can’t take care of our own and we’re still handing benefits to illegals? Social Security is going broke, partially due to illegals and partially due to people with disabilities. SS was not intended for those purposes. Disabled persons need help just not from the SS pot. Co=mingling benefits for illegals and disabled should be separate and tracked accordingly. That way we can get a better handle on what costs are being incurred and where more help is needed.
    I wonder if we have any one who would run for political offices suppotive of the above issues; willing to be a one-termer but a better individual willing to work for the Nation’s betterment?

    • 45caliber

      One thing the establishment in Washington fears above everything else is a leader that the people are willing to follow that does not toe to their party lines. And that means BOTH parties in Washington. They are so involved in their political “game” there that the politicians there have no idea how to work with or around someone who doesn’t lie and isn’t always trying to make political deals. Palin is their nightmare.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        45caliber,
        I worry that the politicals might try to kill her just for that fact!!!

  • bill in mn

    By Dewie Whetsell, Alaskan Fisherman. As posted in comments on Greta’s article referencing the MOVEON ad about Sarah Palin.

    The last 45 of my 66 years I’ve spent in a commercial fishing town in Alaska . I understand Alaska politics but never understood national politics well until this last year. Here’s the breaking point: Neither side of the Palin controversy gets it. It’s not about persona, style, rhetoric, it’s about doing things. Even Palin supporters never mention the things that I’m about to mention here.
    1- Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took the Governor’s office away from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, she tore into the Republican’s “Corrupt Bastards Club” (CBC) and sent them packing. Many of them are now residing in State housing and wearing orange jump suits.. The Democrats reacted by skipping around the yard, throwing confetti and singing, “la la la la” (well, you know how they are). Name another governor in this country that has ever done anything similar.

    2- Now with the CBC gone, there were fewer Alaskan politicians to protect the huge, giant oil companies here. So she constructed and enacted a new system of splitting the oil profits called “ACES.” Exxon (the biggest corporation in the world) protested and Sarah told them, “don’t let the door hit you in the stern on your way out.” They stayed, and Alaska residents went from being merely wealthy to being filthy rich. Of course, the other huge international oil companies meekly fell in line. Again, give me the name of any other governor in the country that has done anything similar.

    3- The other thing she did when she walked into the governor’s office is she got the list of State requests for federal funding for projects, known as “pork.” She went through the list, took 85% of them and placed them in the “when-hell-freezes-over” stack. She let locals know that if we need something built, we’ll pay for it ourselves. Maybe she figured she could use the money she got from selling the previous governor’s jet because it was extravagant. Maybe she could use the money she saved by dismissing the governor’s cook (remarking that she could cook for her own family), giving back the State vehicle issued to her, maintaining that she already had a car, and dismissing her State provided security force (never mentioning – I imagine – that she’s packing heat herself). I’m still waiting to hear the names of those other governors.

    4- Now, even with her much-ridiculed “gosh and golly” mannerism, she also managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built which will be the biggest private construction project in the history of North America. No one else could do it although they tried. If that doesn’t impress you, then you’re trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do things like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other hand.

    5- For 30 years, Exxon held a lease to do exploratory drilling at a place called Point Thompson. They made excuses the entire time why they couldn’t start drilling. In truth they were holding it like an investment. No governor for 30 years could make them get started… This summer, she told them she was revoking their lease and kicking them out. They protested and threatened court action. She shrugged and reminded them that she knew the way to the court house. Alaska won again.

    6- President Obama wants the nation to be on 25% renewable resources for electricity by 2025. Sarah went to the legislature and submitted her plan for Alaska to be at 50% renewable by 2025. We are already at 25%. I can give you more specifics about things done, as opposed to style and persona. Everybody wants to be cool, sound cool, look cool. But that’s just a cover-up. I’m still waiting to hear from liberals the names of other governors who can match what mine has done in two and a half years. I won’t be holding my breath.
    By the way, she was content to return to AK after the national election and go to work, but the haters wouldn’t let
    her. Now these adolescent screeches are obviously not scuba divers. And no one ever told them what happens when you continually jab and pester a barracuda. Without warning, it will spin around and tear your face off. Should known better.

    You have just read the truth about Sarah Palin that sends the media, along with the democrat party, into a wild uncontrolled frenzy to discredit her. I guess they are only interested in skirt chasers, dishonesty, immoral people, liars, womanizers, murderers, and bitter ex-presidents’ wives.
    So “You go, Girl.” I only wish the men in Washington had your guts, determination, honesty, and morals.
    I rest my case.

    • Kinetic1

      #2, Yes, Palin did get more money from oil. Did she spend it on the state’s infrastructure? No, she used it to buy the people and borrowed for what needed to be done. A true fiscal conservative!

      #3, Oh yes, everyone recalls how she vetoed those nasty bits of “pork”, but did you know that most of those projects were put back on the board when the people of Alaska informed her that she had blown it? If she had any idea why these projects had been put in place to begin with she might have thought twice before vetoing, but that’s not her style.

      There’s a reason her number began to tank in Alaska. Smoke and mirrors are great, but you can only mislead the people for so long before they figure out the truth. Yep, when she was named as McCain’s running mate, only 9% of Alaskans gave her an unfavorable rating. That number climbed to 42% by May of ’09 and it hasn’t gotten any better.

      • 45caliber

        Perhaps your idea of her is right – but I’ll stick with what some of my relatives in Alaska say about her. Even the Democrats tend to like her there.

  • clydeG.

    Sarah should sever ties to Rino McCain. Her legitimacy is in question as long as she does ‘kissy-face’ with that phony who blew his career by reaching accross the isle and stroking commies like T.Kennedy.
    He’s not a war hero,,,, he spent the whole war in the hanoi hilton.

    • ValDM

      Clyde,

      Please surrender your citizenship. If you think the Hanoi Hilton was
      a piece of cake, you need a massive infusion of brain cells.

      • s c

        ValDM, Clyde’s history book should be burned. The ‘Hanoi Hilton’ is a figure of speech. Clyde was probably in diapers when McCain took his ‘vacation’ there. Only an ignorant horse’s ass or an insincere progressive doesn’t know what is meant when someone talks about the Hanoi Hilton.
        When it comes to McCain and the present (politics, having standards, not sucking up to media whores), all we need to know is that THAT was THEN (North Vietnam, i. e.). THIS is NOW. If Clyde doesn’t understand that much, he never will.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      clydeG(or is that bonnie?)
      McCain isn’t a war hero?? Then you aren’t a human, you are a dog!!! A $hi-t eating dog!!! Sorry to the ladies here, I just don’t like some young punk kid that still obviously wears diapers trying to defame ANYBODIES war record!!!

  • Harold Olsen

    Too many idiots in this country have the wrong idea about what the Tea Party movement is all about. The media, the Democrats, and the Republicans wrongly consider it a Republican movement. I usually think of it as a conservative movement. However, it is in actuality a PEOPLE movement. People of all political beliefs are a part of it. They are Americans–Democrats, Republicans, liberals, moderates and conservatives–who want their country back. They want our elected officials to follow and obey the U. S. Constitution. They want those idiots to remember that they work for us and that they are supposed to do as WE TELL THEM. Hopefully, this November, we will show them exactly what the Tea Party movement is all about by voting them out of office. It’s time to take back our country!!

  • 45caliber

    The Tea Party movement defies pegging in a hole because it is not a political party with an established platform.

    It is a group of American patriots that are concerned about the direction their country is going. As such they draw people from ALL parties and groups regardless of political affiliation.

    The problem is that the MSM and the Democrat Party wants to fit them into a political party so they can have a chance of running them down. But without that affiliation they can’t be pinned into any corner.

  • John Stewart

    The only corner they can pin the “Tea Party” in is the one that contains the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    Those idiots might just try denigrating that Document, they are working on it as we speak.

  • Kinetic1

    Think of it as two Tea Parties, the grass roots organization of people uniting for a cause, and the Freedom works Tea Party of Dick Armey. As long as you have big, republican donors supporting Armey and his media blitz, your going to see the Tea Party represented as primarily Republican. And why not? The conservative wing of the Republican party must see the Tea Party as a natural to help them with their agenda. Even if they don’t agree on everything, they are going to try and convince the Tea Party followers that they are as close as they will come. It seems like a good idea, until candidates who truly represent the Tea Party show up. We’ve all seen how the Republican party reacts when one of their own is challenged and it’s not pretty. I’ll be interested to see how many Tea Party candidates make it to office, and even more how soon they are cajoled into abandoning their principles. Washington can be an ugly place when your on your own.

    • JeffH

      Kinetic1, I see it somewhat the same way except with:
      1. The original grassroots Tea Party movement
      2. all others are using the “Tea Party” name and ideas and are basically stealing it from the original movement,although they may be conservative movements with similar limited government ideas they are not the original grassroot movement

      .

      • Claire

        JeffH–This happening here in my town. The Republicans have taken over the tea party here. I went to two of them and I will never go back. There is truth in what you say and there is also truth in what Kinetic1 says. Dick Armey? I would never go to a tea party that he is affiliated with. The orginal grassroots tea party movement is/was great, I certainly do not have a problem with them.

  • Claire

    BTW–I heard on the radio when I got off work this evening that Harry Reid has stated that a Mosque should NOT be built anywhere near Ground Zero. I caught the tail end of the news but I am sure this is what he said. Anyone else hear this?

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Claire,
      Yup but he’s just in campaign mode!! He knows he is losing any chance at a re-election bid so he’s trying to look patriotic and caring by distancing himself from Nobama. Let him get elected, and he will have a miraculous rebirth of a sense of “fairplay”!!! He will just say the hell with how the people feel!!!

      • Claire

        JoeH–It is sad. The politicians that are running for re-election come up with all kinds of promises and immediately back-peddle just to get votes. They are two-faced has-beens. I find a lot of them to be really pathetic. They do not give Americans any credit for common sense.

  • chuck b

    kinetic 1

    your estimate of employment during the bush reign is correct, however, it didn’t start up until the democrats took control of the congress. you have a way with blaming bush for all the things that happened except blaming the real culprits. unemployment has risen every since the democratic congress took control. and yes kinetic 1 its still going up even more so since the muslim in chief took over.

  • http://gmail i41

    Every time dumbocrats take over control, government employees numbers alway climb. The Bush haters for got 9/11 when the pedophile muslims hit us, with his tax cuts we started moving into posititive terroraties , employment and making money, not printing money. For the pus brains that wig out with the mention of Sarah Palin, must be welfare rats, government communist employees,and just plain idoits. Who couldn’t create a headache if they tried running into a wall. The overeducated stupid retards in government like Onumnutts and all of the alphabet lettered appointed agency wonks. Who have never been productive or done a damn thing in life or for themselve, in helping humanity producing something useful. Since all branches of the “Tea Parties” want to downsize government and do away with the centeralized power of the likes of the marxist muslim moron who hates and wants to destry our USA.

  • Nilap Haras

    Run Sarah run. We need Sister Sarah in the White House.

  • hundabuxt

    Nilap Haras

    We currently see what happens when we elect a rookie to sit in the oval office. Worse he’s a chameleon. I like Sarah, live in her State and have talked to her a couple times. She’s a genuine person, honest and a patriot, however she is not ready for prime time. Lets send Chuck B to Washington. Sarah as VP. I think Chuck is an ass kicker and straight shooter. We sure as hell couldn’t do worse. IF I were gay I’d want him.

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