James Pethokoukis

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Tea Party fever! This can’t be good for the Republican brand …

December 7, 2009

From pollster Rasmussen:

Running under the Tea Party brand may be better in congressional races than being a Republican.

In a three-way Generic Ballot test, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Democrats attracting 36% of the vote. The Tea Party candidate picks up 23%, and Republicans finish third at 18%. Another 22% are undecided.

Among voters not affiliated with either major party, the Tea Party comes out on top. Thirty-three percent (33%) prefer the Tea Party candidate, and 30% are undecided. Twenty-five percent (25%) would vote for a Democrat, and just 12% prefer the GOP.

Among Republican voters, 39% say they’d vote for the GOP candidate, but 33% favor the Tea Party option.

Comments

Good. Republicans blew it with stimulus 1 (early 2008), prescription drugs, SCHIP, warmongers for Iraq and Afghanistan, not fixing health insurance when they were the majority.

 

I’d rather have my limited government principles, than win elections. It is those principles that will serve the country well after its destruction by the statists of both parties.

Hello! Have you seen the unfunded liabilities of the entitlement system alone? This statist ship is going down unless people stick up for the Constitution.

Posted by Austrian School | Report as abusive
 

Mr. Peth
You reap what you sow. You and your fellow “establishment” Republicans are whipping up populist frenzy with no viable alternative policies. Your constant polemics are feeding the frenzy, I blame you and your sort as primary facilitators of the growing irrationality of the opposition to Obama et al. But now you express concern that you may not be able to control the rage.

The “Austrian School” adherents and hard core libertarians have been around for ages and kept far from power for good reason. Once populist rage is mashed up with radical economics where will we be left? Your supply side dreams will get lost amidst the carnage as well. Moneterism too thrown out in the bathwater of rage.

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Chi Democrat,

I’m not certain you fully understand the “Austrian School” if you believe that it supports monetarism. I sincerely encourage you to educate yourself, because it has a body of work that helps explain our current business cycle trough, the foibles of market interventions, and the folly of central banking (i.e. the Federal Reserve).

Regards.

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Mr Austria,
Re moneterism I was referring to Peth’s preferences which are heavily oriented towards supply side and Friedman worship,not yours. As for the Austrian school I was suggesting keeping its adherents as far way from actual power and contrained solely in blogs like say Mish Shedlock’s as possible. Austrian school stuff is not irrelevant but small doses preferable to the massive doses some ideologues would like.

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