Those ratings are what they are because of political optics. Political optics and reality are two very different things. I've said it before. The left wing of the Democratic party has been wildly successful in painting the Republicans as rich old white guys who could care less about the poor and minorities. This campaign is the envy of any advertising agency and I'm sure that some even study it as a model for success.@ truth, glad you regurgitated the roles of those elected as TP candidates. i sincerely hope they continue on the same exact path they've chosen and keep Cruz and Palin in the spotlight for as long as possible because:
"Washington (CNN)- A new national poll provides more evidence of the political hit the Republican Party, the tea party movement, and House Speaker John Boehner took over the government shutdown.
According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday, 64% of Americans say they have an unfavorable view of the GOP, an all-time high dating back to 1992 when CNN first asked the question. Only three in 10 say they hold a favorable view of the party.
Fifty-six percent say they have an unfavorable view of the tea party movement, another record high in CNN polling. Only 28% say they see the 4-year-old grassroots conservative movement in a positive light.
The Democratic Party's 43%-51% favorable/unfavorable ratings are basically unchanged from late last month, just before the start of the shutdown."
Yep the TP is most definitely moving in the right direction and setting new records! LOL
The government shutdown is the perfect example. Most Americans believe that it was Republicans who wanted to shut down the government when the exact opposite is true. They didn't want to fund the Affordable Care Act. They passed individual appropriations bills in the House of Representatives that would have kept the entire government running with the exception of "Obamacare". When the bill reached the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would not bring these bills to the floor for a vote. It was Democrats who were willing to shut the government down in order to save the president's signature legislation.
Sequester, same thing. Sequester (automatic budget cuts that were actually not cuts at all, just cuts in the rate of increase) were the president's idea. That law was described initially by the president like this:
"a win for the economy and budget discipline."
"strong enforcement mechanism to make all sides come together."
In the end he blamed Republicans and called it the "meat cleaver" approcah to budgeting. We all know which narrative sticks in the mind of most uninformed Americans.