Via Rasmussen, it would appear that the permanent political class’s attempt to marginalize the Tea Party has been about has successful as, well, Healthcare.gov:
Voters are evenly divided when asked whether they agree more politically with President Obama or with the average member of the Tea Party. But an enormous partisan gap colors virtually all opinions of the Tea Party.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters think the president’s views are closest to their own when it comes to the major issues facing the country. But just as many (42%) say their views come closest to those of the average Tea Party member instead. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Thirty-four percent (34%) now believe their personal views are closest to those of the average member of Congress when it comes to the major issues of the day. But slightly more (36%) say their views are closest to those of the average member of the Tea Party. A sizable 30%, however, are not sure.
I’m confused. Haven’t the mainstream media, Democrats, and the Republican Establishment been telling us repeatedly that the Tea Party is dead? And keep in mind, this poll was conducted after Obama’s government shut-down theater which the above suspects made sure was blamed entirely on the Tea Party for their unforgivable sin of wanting to delay ObamaCare which, oddly enough, is the very position now being embraced by at least 10 Senate Democrats and Obama himself. And despite all this, the same percentage of Americans identify politically with the Tea Party as with Obama. Imagine if the media coverage had been fair. An obvious question comes to mind: If the above polling data is indicative of the Tea Party’s demise, what does it say about Obama?