Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Carville, of all people, gets it

I really do not like James Carville, but I have to give credit where its due.
I am going to make a minor correction in the quoted material, though. Just a small one, simce I was there and actully know how many people showed up.

Gene Healy: Talking with the Tea Partiers
By: Gene Healy
Examiner Columnist
October 20, 2009

When tens (hundreds) of thousands of Americans marched on Washington last month to protest President Obama's ongoing power grab, many liberals dismissed them as a horde of partisan, crypto-racist cranks.

But a new study from a prominent Democratic polling firm shows that the Tea Partiers are neither racist nor particularly partisan. What's more, they genuinely support smaller government -- and they're not going away anytime soon.

Last week, Democracy Corps, founded by Clinton vets James Carville and Stanley Greenberg, reported on a recent series of focus groups they held with GOP base voters and conservative-leaning independents.

Hard-core conservatives in the groups expressed an "apocalyptic" view of Obama's agenda not remotely shared by the swing voters. According to Carville/Greenberg, the Republican base stands "a world apart from the rest of America," and that will make it hard for the GOP leadership to appeal to mainstream voters.

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