Allahpundit announces: “Takeover: 71% of Republicans now tea-party supporters.”
Attached to the piece is this poll and analysis:
In the survey, 71% of Republicans described themselves as tea-party supporters, saying they had a favorable image of the movement or hoped tea- party candidates would do well in the Nov. 2 elections.
Already, the tea-party movement has helped to oust a number of incumbents and candidates backed by party leaders in this year’s GOP primaries amid complaints that they lacked commitment to small-government principles. The poll findings suggest that the rising influence of the movement, with its push to cut spending and oppose the Democratic agenda, will drive the GOP to become more conservative and less willing to seek common ground on policy.
“These are essentially conservative Republicans who are very ticked-off people,” said Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the survey with Democratic pollster Peter Hart.***
Mr. McInturff said the tea-party movement had not necessarily drawn new people into the GOP. Rather, he said, “a substantial chunk of the Republican Party is rebranding themselves.”
Look, I know our idiot media is too silly to figure this out, and even if they could, they wouldn’t bother to cover it in detail because then they would miss out on all the breathless reports about the upsurge in tea party patriotism, but this is just sheer idiocy. The tea party IS the fanatic wing of the Republican party with a new name. They are funded by the usuals suspects, they are fluffed by the usual suspects, the use the same right-wing rhetoric and give lip-service to the same issues (but don’t mean it), they are running in Republican primaries, their leadership are elected Republicans or “former” Republican operatives. For christ sake, the Heather Chandler of the Tea Party movement is Sarah Palin, the last Republican VP nominee.
Claiming the tea party is taking over the Republican party is like claiming Xe took over Blackwater or that KFC took over Kentucky Fried Chicken.