This Wednesday, Cokie Roberts appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and blasted Tea Party opposition to just about anything connected to President Obama, saying that at least some of it is rooted in nothing but good ole’ fashioned American racism.
“I also think — and this is just, you know calling it — that some of this Tea Party anger is racist,” Roberts said “[…] and that having a non-black person on the ticket will defuse it somewhat.” Roberts seemed to be suggesting that the Tea Party would’ve been more or less accepting of Hillary Clinton as president than they were of Barack Obama.
The good news is that we may not have much to worry about in terms of the Tea Party come 2016, if not 2014. Take a big, deep breath and repeat after us:
According to an excerpt from a recent Gallup poll, “U.S. support for the Tea Party is at a low ebb at a time when key issues of concern for the movement — funding for the Affordable Care Act and raising the U.S. debt ceiling — are focal points in Washington, with Tea Party-backed Sen. Ted Cruz prominently fighting both policies. The discomfort he has created in the Republican caucus is merely emblematic of the ambivalence national Republicans feel toward the movement. Although few Republicans outright oppose the Tea Party, far more are neutral toward it than support it.”
If the poll is correct, the results should put a smile on anyone’s face, provided they believe that the intransigence and unwillingness of the Tea Party to compromise is a bad thing of course. According the poll, only 22% of Americans identify themselves as members of the Tea Party now, which represents a near all-time low. In fact, 51% don’t even really acknowledge their existence. So the next time your Tea Party Patriot friend spouts off about how he or she is part of “we the people,” remind them they’d be far more accurate if they called their movement “We The Outnumbered 4-to-1 People.”
At the height of their popularity just after the 2010 mid-terms, roughly 32% of polled respondents identified as being part of or at least sympathetic to the Tea Party movement. Now, with 27% of Americans polled saying they strongly oppose the Tea Party, the numbers look about how they did in 2012. They spent two years building a case against President Obama and in the end, all their money and propaganda failed.
Perhaps now we’re seeing the reality of the situation — that Tea Party ideologies are indeed relics of a bygone era, and according to Gallup, they are on their way to the dust bin.
Watch Cokie Roberts on Morning Joe below: