We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again. All your base are belong to you:
While tea party activists have described themselves as political free agents disgusted with both parties, a new poll by Quinnipiac University shows that a majority have a close connection to the GOP.
The demographics of the Teabagger Movement? was pretty obvious, but if you want numbers and statistics:
In addition to being largely Republican, the poll found tea partiers are mainly white (88 percent), voted for 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain (77 percent) and adore his running mate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is eying a run for the 2012 GOP nomination and has made a concerted play for tea party affection.
So excuse me if I characterize them all in a certain way, but they seem to be a pretty homogeneous bunch! White, disaffected, McCain voting Palin lovers.
Teabaggers have also developed a pretty bad reputation as an overly aggressive, ranting, raving bunch of lunatics prone to flashpoints of hate speech and violence. Unless and until they are outright ostracized from the party they will be forever tied to it. It’s tough, I know. You want their energy, but you want them to STFU at the same time.