As time goes on it is increasingly clear that a contrivance designed to defame the Tea Party and drive people from them was the base of charges that Tea Party demonstrators hurled homophobic and racist epithets and spat at Congressmen as they passed by to vote for the horrific ObamaCare Act.
A less credulous press would have exposed that immediately. A more honorable press would by now have conceded the error of its reporting.
On major issues, 48% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is closer to their views than President Barack Obama. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% hold the opposite view and believe the president's views are closer to their own.
Among voters not affiliated with either major political party, 50% say they're closer to the Tea Party while 38% side with the President.
Eighty-seven percent (87%) of those in the Political Class say their views are closer to the president.
Sixty-three percent (63%) of Mainstream Americans say their views are closer to the Tea Party.