“Running under the ‘tea party’ brand may be better in congressional races than being a Republican,” notes a Rasmussen Reports survey of voter preferences released Dec. 7.
It found Democrats picked up 36 percent of the vote while the ‘tea party’ candidate garnered 23 percent. Republicans finish third at 18 percent; 22 percent are undecided. Even among Republican voters, 39 percent said they’d vote Republican, but 33 percent favored the ‘tea party’ option.
What does it mean? Shame on the Grand Old Party, perhaps.
“The Republican Party is still suffering from the hangover of an eight years of grotesque spending, access selling and corruption. In righteous indignation, the decent men and women of America are standing up to the powers in Washington. New York’s 23rd Congressional District was a wakeup call to a GOP that has been asleep at the populist switch for too long. Either they embrace the ‘new populism’ or suffer in the minority for a generation to come,” longtime political strategist Craig Shirley tells Inside the Beltway.