Dave Weigel at the Washington Independent discusses CNN’s poll of the Tea Party Movement:
Tea Party activists are 60 percent male and 80 percent white, with 77 percent of them self-identifying as “conservatives” and 44 percent identifying as “Republicans.” While 47 percent of Americans report making less than $50,000 a year, only 26 percent of Tea Party activists make that little, while 34 percent make $75,000 or more. The major way in which this movement differs from the Republican Party’s makeup is in geography. Only 31 percent live in the South. Twenty-nine percent live in the Midwest, and 28 percent live in the West. Only in the Northeast, where 13 percent of activists live, are they relatively underrepresented (19 percent of all poll respondents live there).
So, is it correct to assume that some portion of the “Tea Party Movement” are basically well-to-do racists who just don’t get enough social validation from their immediate neighbors?
And would it be wrong to encourage the Angry White Men to relocate to an area where their
bullshit deeply held political convictions would be more in tune with their fellows, or does Mississippi have enough problems already?