Monday ReadsPosted: April 16, 2012
It’s still the silly season. This means you really shouldn’t trust anything coming out of the beltway. Still, political junkies can’t help watching. At least I could find a few signs that some of the crazier fads of the last few years might go the way of the dodo. If we’re really lucky, we’ll be rid of the Tea Party and its adherents shortly.
Whither the Tea Party?
A major force in the 2010 midterm elections, the movement has stalled in public popularity, its support well below a majority and decidedly lukewarm. And Americans by a broad 23-point margin say the more they hear about the Tea Party movement, the less they like it, rather than liking it more.
That negative buzz has worsened from a 9-point gap in an ABC News/Washington Post poll as the movement was gathering speed two years ago. And its avenues for resurgence may be limited: Interest in learning more about Tea Party is down 7 points from spring 2010.
This poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds that six in 10 Americans aren’t particularly interested in additional information about the Tea Party, and 41 percent aren’t interested “at all.” Thirty-nine percent have at least some interest, but just 9 percent are very interested. Among those with interest, moreover, more than six in 10 already support it.
All told, 41 percent of Americans identify themselves as supporters of the movement, compared with a high of 47 percent last September. Forty-five percent oppose it; 14 percent have no opinion. Support has dropped disproportionately among young adults in that period, down 20 points from 51 percent to 31 percent.
While overall support is roughly balanced with overall opposition, “strong” opponents outnumber strong supporters by 2-1. But perhaps most damaging is the buzz: Fifty percent of Americans say the more they hear about the Tea Party, the less they like it; just 27 percent say they like it more. That compares with a much closer (albeit still negative) 43-34 percent split on this question in April 2010.
These views have grown more negative particularly among young adults, seniors, women, moderates and people in the $50,000 to $100,000 income range, all with 10- to 17-point increases in “like it less” responses as they hear more about the Tea Party movement.
Whacky Michelle Bachmann has been one of my favorite punching bags. Here’s a new one from her very sick mind: “Anti-Abortion Bachmann Says Women Need To Make Their Own Decisions About Their Bodies”. Doesn’t the state of Minnesota have enough straight jackets to deal with this menace? Bachmann is closely aligned with the Tea Party too. I wonder if there is a connection? Oh, and she’s still crazy after all this year and she’s conveniently forgetting that she and her party want to take over every uterus in the country.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) argued that women should be allowed to make choices over their own bodies, while blasting Obamacare on Meet The Press. Without noting the irony of the GOP war on women targeting Planned Parenthood, abortion services, and contraception coverage, Bachmann said women need to be allowed control over their own bodies:
BACHMANN: What we want is women to be able to make their own choices [...] We want women to make their own choices in healthcare. You see that’s the lie that happens under Obamacare. The President of the United States effectively becomes a health care dictator. Women don’t need anyone to tell them what to do on health care. We want women to have their own choices, their own money, that way they can make their own choices for the future of their own bodies.
Have you been following Roseanne Barr on Twitter? She’s running for President on the Green Ticket and is taking on big banks and Wall Street. I love third party candidates and have been following both Roseanne and Buddy Roehmer. They have strikingly similar concerns.
Comedian Roseanne Barr, running for president as a Green Party candidate, isn’t too keen on her early fundraising prospects.
“I admit I need help,” Barr told POLITICO via Twitter.
And with good reason: Since formally launching her bid in early February, Barr raised just $31,500 through March 31, federal disclosures out today show.
Of that, $25,000 came from a loan Barr made to her campaign on March 1.
“FEC rules limit what one can contribute to one’s own campaign, but staff needs to be paid,” Barr explained.
Just one person — Eric Weinrib of Brooklyn, N.Y., who gave $2,500 and listed his occupation as “unemployed” — made a cash donation of more than the itemized reporting threshold of $200.
Most of Barr’s expenditures have funded accounting and legal services, a staffer and pedestrian office supplies, such as a Hewlett-Packard laptop computer and bank checks.
Barr has been an outspoken advocate for the Occupy Wall Street movement and explains her interest in Green Party politics as a rejection of both Republicans and Democrats.
“They both suck and they’re both a bunch of criminals,” Barr said.
I’d just like to put in a word for Tigers as an alum of the LSU system and a mother of an LSU alum and a current LSU student. Specifically, we should start focusing on saving Tigers of all sorts. We should save all tigers including Tony the Tiger at the Truck stop between Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Here’s some links to find out about this gorgeous cat and its endangered status.
The tiger population has plunged 95% in the last century and there are perhaps just over 3,000 remaining on the entire planet. Two stories are presented in the video below.
First, there is Tony the Tiger at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. Tony is “privately owned” and caged for a commercial venture. Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue, advocates rescuing Tony from lifetime captivity. Michael Sandlin, President of Tiger Truck Stop, counters, “…every American should have the right to own an animal of their choice”.
Second, there is the Buddhist Tiger Temple in Thailand, Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua Temple on the River Kwai, which cages not only tigers but other animals for tourists. Jane Garrison, an animal welfare advocate, describes tourists having their photo taken with drugged tigers. Almost one hundred tigers are kept in “tiny, barren cages” with inadequate provision (water, food, medical). Garrison maintains these tigers are part of the illegal “tiger parts” trade and it is a “horrific scene”. Tourists, by visiting the Tiger Temple, are in effect supporting a ‘lifetime of torture” for these caged tigers. The Thailand Department of National Parks says they have carried out a thorough investigation and found no evidence of involvement in illicit trade or maltreatment of the tigers. Garrison counters that Care for the Wild (CWI) says up to 75 tigers have “disappeared” from the facility and the Tiger Temple keeps renaming the tigers the same name.
Tigers are amazing big cats. Here’s some links to organizations committed to saving the species.
Click on the Tiger to go to Sarasota Tigers: a big cat habitat on the Gulf Coast.
The Wall Street Journal has been running op-eds that have been really misogynistic. They’ve been on the attack for about 2 weeks now. They either say that the war on women is fake or being “won” by the Republican Party. I’ve linked to them recently even though I hate to quote what they say. The WSJ must really take that 20 point gender gap seriously because its op ed page is nonstop “pro-women”. Here’s the Mahablog with a retort.
The Wall Street Journal wants us to know that Republicans can win the War Against Women. Seriously. I like this headline so much I screen captured it before some dweeb at WSJ wakes up and realizes what it says
It seems they’re riding the “marriage tax” train again. It’s the same old same old. Go check the best of the War on Women series at the link and become very annoyed. But, only do it after you’ve had adequate coffee and gathered up a pillow or two to punch.
So, that’s my suggestions this morning. What’s on your reading and blogging list today?