It appears as though those folks who are attending the tea parties (and who identify themselves as supporting participants) are not entirely angry white Republicans after all:
Four in 10 Tea Party members are either Democrats or Independents, according to a new national survey.
The findings provide one of the most detailed portraits to date of the grassroots movement that started last year.
The national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democratic, according to three national polls by the Winston Group, a Republican-leaning firm that conducted the surveys on behalf of an education advocacy group. Two-thirds of the group call themselves conservative, 26 are moderate and 8 percent say they are liberal.
I would have written the first sentence and placed the Independents before the Democrats (since that is how the data arranges them) but I understand the need for a lede that grabs one’s attention. And yes, this is just one survey, with all the attendant caveats. Nonetheless, I believe it is information such as this which speaks to the stagnation in public support for HCR, among other things.
If one supposes for a moment that the nation is just about evenly split between those who vote for R and those who vote for D, then a defection of even a small percentage of Democrats is sufficient to unbalance the spinning top. Of course, one should not ignore the growing number of independents who are rather fed up with the search for power which seems to be the driving force for both sides of the aisle.
Here’s a Monday morning toast to all who value liberty for our children and grandchildren more than they value voting for those who would trade that liberty for security in the short term.