Pandering To The Tea Party Not Such A Good Idea Anymore

Some recent polling seems to show that the Tea Party has lost some of the luster it had during the last election cycle.

Polls show that disapproval of the Tea Party is climbing. In April 2010, a New York Times/CBS News survey found that 18 percent of Americans had an unfavorable opinion of it, 21 percent had a favorable opinion and 46 percent had not heard enough. Now, 14 months later, Tea Party supporters have slipped to 20 percent, while their opponents have more than doubled, to 40 percent.

Those numbers aren’t pretty but if you really want to put their growing unpopularity into perspective, Tea Partiers (and by extension the Religious Right) are even less popular than us lowly Atheists!

Of course, politicians of all stripes are not faring well among the public these days. But in data we have recently collected, the Tea Party ranks lower than any of the 23 other groups we asked about — lower than both Republicans and Democrats. It is even less popular than much maligned groups like “atheists” and “Muslims.” Interestingly, one group that approaches it in unpopularity is the Christian Right.

I guess people have finally gotten tired of be called every word in the dictionary ending in “ist” every time they don’t agree with the tea bagger’s warped ideology.

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S&P Downgrades US Credit Rating

Reuters is reporting that Standard & Poor’s is downgrading the credit rating for the US from AAA to AA+ with the agency also saying that it might not be done and could lower it once again in the next 12 to 18 months.

The United States lost its top-notch AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor’s on Friday, in a dramatic reversal of fortune for the world’s largest economy.

S&P cut the long-term U.S. credit rating by one notch to AA-plus on concerns about growing budget deficits.

ABC News is also reporting that major reasons for the downgrade include Congress’s holding the debt ceiling negotiations hostage for political gain as well as the GOP’s refusal to accept any tax increases that could be used to help offset the mounting debt.

Official reasons given, one official says, will be the political confusion surrounding the process of raising the debt ceiling, and lack of confidence that the political system will be able to agree to more deficit reduction. A source says Republicans saying that they refuse to accept any tax increases as part of a larger deal will be part of the reason cited.

Next time you see your adjustable rate mortgage or credit card interest rate jump due to the higher cost of borrowing make sure you thank your local tea party member.

UPDATE: Standard and Poor’s statement regarding the credit downgrade.

The political brinksmanship of recent months highlights what we see as America’s governance and policymaking becoming less stable, less effective, and less predictable than what we previously believed. The statutory debt ceiling and the threat of default have become political bargaining chips in the debate over fiscal policy. Despite this year’s wide-ranging debate, in our view, the differences between political parties have proven to be extraordinarily difficult to bridge, and, as we see it, the resulting agreement fell well short of the comprehensive fiscal consolidation program that some proponents had envisaged until quite recently. Republicans and Democrats have only been able to agree to relatively modest savings on discretionary spending while delegating to the Select Committee decisions on more comprehensive measures. It appears that for now, new revenues have dropped down on the menu of policy options. In addition, the plan envisions only minor policy changes on Medicare and little change in other entitlements, the containment of which we and most other independent observers regard as key to long-term fiscal sustainability.

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Is This The Proof Donald Trump Is Looking For?

Donald Trump has openly questioned the circumstances behind President Obama’s birth and now an Orange County California Tea Bagger and local Republican Party committee member Marilyn Davenport might have some more evidence for Trump to chew on.

Actually the picture included here was attached to an email sent by the above mentioned Davenport to her fellow O.C Republicans with the note “Now you know why no birth certificate.

I will of course let you decide for yourself as to whether there was any racial motivations behind what Davenport claims was a “joke sent to those that wouldn’t find it offensive”. What I find amusing though is that when questioned, Davenport brought out the “I am not a racist…I have some black friends” defense which to me seems just about as ridiculous as some might think the photo shopped picture to be.

Meanwhile Davenport is refusing to heed requests for her to step down and is instead blaming the whole thing on the Liberal media for reporting the story.

(Mother Jones via O.C. Weekly)

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Don't Have A Long Form Birth Certificate? No Problem In Arizona, Just Unzip

One of the Koch brother dictated GOP standard bills making the rounds in state legislatures across America this year deals with the requirements for getting on the ballot for Presidential elections. Several states are attempting to amend the requirements by making a potential candidate produce their long form birth certificate in an obvious shout out to Tea Billie birthers.

Arizona just so happens to be one of those states and they’ve added an interesting twist. If for whatever reason besides being a suspected Muslim born in Kenya you happen to not have the requisite long form, you just need to produce your choice of 2 of the following documents in its place: (emphasis mine)

(a) EARLY BAPTISMAL OR CIRCUMCISION CERTIFICATE.
(b) HOSPITAL BIRTH RECORD.
(c) POSTPARTUM MEDICAL RECORD FOR THE MOTHER OR CHILD SIGNED BY THE DOCTOR OR MIDWIFE OR THE PERSON WHO DELIVERED OR EXAMINED THE CHILD AFTER BIRTH.
(d) EARLY CENSUS RECORD.

Yep, that’s right, just get your Mohel or Mohelot to provide you with a certificate showing you were clipped and you are halfway there!

(via Phoenix New Times Blogs)

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Birther Donald Trump Fails His Own Citizenship Test

I’m really not sure what chance Donald Trump has at winning the GOP nomination in 2012 but this probably won’t help.

Trump has been making the rounds pandering to the Tea Billie crowd by calling into question Barack Obama’s citizenship even going so far as to release his own birth certificate to make his point. Only one problem, apparently the document he presented isn’t an official document.

The paper that Trump released says “Jamaica Hospital” on top and lists the date and time of what he says was his birth to “Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Trump.” The piece of paper has a seal at the bottom.

But after several New York City-based readers contacted POLITICO’s Maggie Haberman, her call to city officials revealed that an actual birth certificate, which is issued by the Department of Health, would have the agency’s seal and also a signature of the city registrar – neither of which the Trump document has. Officials said the city Health Department is the “sole issuing authority” of official birth certificates in New York, and that the document would clearly say so, and “city officials said it’s not an official document.”

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Definitely No US History Major

Tea Billie darling Michele Bachmann is many things but US history buff doesn’t seem to be one of them. Speaking in New Hampshire, the state with the first primary, she decided to show off her ignorance in front of a crowd of a few local Conservative activists.

“What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty,” the potential GOP presidential candidate said. “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord. And you put a marker in the ground and paid with the blood of your ancestors the very first price that had to be paid to make this the most magnificent nation that has ever arisen in the annals of man in 5,000 years of recorded history.”

Oops, seems that Ms. Bachmann might want to add US history to the Constitution class she provides to US House members as last time I checked the battles of Lexington and Concord were in Massachusetts but why let facts get in the way?

Can you say President Bachmann?

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Shooting Victim Shoots Himself In The Foot

Apparently complaining about the 2nd Amendment remedies of others didn’t mean much for Eric Fuller who was one of the survivors from last weekends shootings in Arizona. Just hours after complaining that the hate speech from the right was to blame for the shootings in Tucson, Fuller himself was arrested for allegedly threatening a tea party leader during a town hall meeting.

The theme of the event was “An American Conversation Continued” —  the idea being to continue the conversation that a madman’s brutal rampage had interrupted.  So it was inevitable that the conversation would eventually turn to politics.   It did, toward the end, with Amanpour leading a discussion on a very touchy but obvious topic:  gun control.

That’s where the atmosphere turned tense.   When Tucson Tea Party founder Trent Humphries rose to suggest that any conversation about gun control should be put off until after the funerals for all the victims, witnesses say Fuller became agitated.  Two told KGUN9 News that Fuller finally rose, took a picture of Humphries, and said, “You’re dead.”

When State Rep. Terri Proud (R-Tucson) rose to explain and clarify current and proposed gun legislation in the state, several people groaned or booed her.  One of those booing, according to several witnesses, was Fuller.   Witnesses sitting near Fuller told KGUN9 News that Fuller was making them feel very uncomfortable.

The event wrapped up a short time later.  Deputies then escorted Fuller from the room.  As he was being led off, Fuller shouted loudly to the room at large.  Several witnesses said that what they thought they heard him shout was, “You’re all whores!”

An aside, is there any doubt that Arizona loves their guns? Even the call letters of the local TV station fits right in, KGUN

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Tea Party Nation Indoctrinating The Troops

Wow, 2 posts in 2 days on the Tea Party Nation and their founder Judson Phillips. This time he sent out an email to his sheeple telling them that they will have to defend the movement against evil liberals because of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting and that they should whenever possible describe the shooter as “a leftist lunatic“.

Showing no sign of tamping down on divisive political rhetoric in the wake of the shooting of 20 people that left six dead in Tuscon Saturday, the Tea Party Nation group e-mailed its members Sunday warning them they would be called upon to fight leftists in the days ahead and defend their movement.

TPN founder Judson Phillips, in an article linked off the e-mail “The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and the left’s attack on the Tea Party movement,” described the shooter as “a leftist lunatic” and Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik as a “leftist sheriff” who “was one of the first to start in on the liberal attack.” Phillips urged tea party supporters to blame liberals for the attack on centrist Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was shot through the head and is now fighting for her life, as a means of defending the tea party movement’s recent electoral gains.

Of course no evidence of what motivated the shooter has been released but I guess it doesn’t matter to Phillips whose organization’s modus operandi relies on divisive rhetoric so when someone calls for it to stop he has to do something.

UPDATE 5:40PM – Unfortunately for Phillips, it appears that the shooter was a registered Republican and while this is hardly irrefutable evidence, it appears his “leftist lunatic” meme falls a bit short.

UPDATE 2 8:45PM – There is some question on the authenticity of the above voter registration as one image floating around spelled Tucson incorrectly. Also we have Judson Phillips on Chris Mathews. Judge for yourself…

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