The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“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.

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