Depending upon the counts you believe, last weeks tea parties were somewhere between a series of interesting local events and the beginning of a significant grass roots movement. Of course, the MSM has been trying to tell us that the tea parties don’t even measure to warrant local, let alone national coverage. However, they haven’t been able to block blog posts and pictures that show them to again be performing selective journalism.
It is now blase to discuss the MSM’s inability to cover news events. It’s also blase to talk about Democrat reactions to the tea parties even though there were many Democrats participating in these events. What is not blase, and in fact borders on alarming, is this poll by Rasmussen Reports:
According to Rasmussen, while 51% of the American populace vies the tea parties favorably and only 33% unfavorable, if you look only within the political class, those who believe political leaders know more than the general public, dramatically disagree:
While half the nation has a favorable opinion of last Wednesday’s events, the nation’s Political Class has a much dimmer view—just 13% of the political elite offered even a somewhat favorable assessment while 81% said the opposite.
Worse, if that’s possible is this:
Among the Political Class, not a single survey respondent said they had a Very Favorable opinion of the events while 60% shared a Very Unfavorable assessment.
Could it be that the Political Class is a bit too closely aligned with this perspective:
David Axelrod, a top adviser to President Obama, on Sunday characterized the protests in dozens of cities on the day federal income taxes are due as potentially “unhealthy.”
Hmmmm, sounds like they’ve read Napolitano’s report on the characteristics of home grown terrorists!
Finally, there is this little tidbit:
One-in-four adults (25%) say they personally know someone who attended a tea party protest. That figure includes just one percent (1%) of those in the Political Class.
So while 1/4 of us know someone who attended and over 51% believe the tea parties were positive, only 1% of those living off the government dole in some fashion or another, are able to look outside of their fishbowls.
I guess this all makes sense. After all, if you’re living off the government, the last thing you’d want to have happen is have someone threaten its life blood!