Angry electorate helps sustain tea party
September 11th, 2011
04:23 PM ET
7 years ago

Angry electorate helps sustain tea party

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - On Sept. 12, 2009, frustrated tea party citizens from across the country marched upon the Capitol in Washington, energized by a shared sense of disenfranchisement in the political system and anger at a federal government they believed was taxing too much and racking up a dangerous amount of debt.

On Monday, Sept. 12th, CNN will broadcast the "Tea Party Republican Debate," live from Tampa, Florida at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

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  1. TripleA

    HAhahAhAHA! I love the guy holding the “Shut it Down” picket, while wearing the US Air Force baseball cap! Is he saying shut down the Air Force, the US Government, or both? Lol. Seriously though, by the looks of that photo there’s a mad scientist in a secret basement laboratory cloning silly old white men. HhahAhahAhA! YEeee HAAaaaa!

    September 11, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Paid for by the Koch Brothers, Dick Armey, Karl Rove, and supported by Dick (Halliburton) Cheney.

    A bunch of thugs leading the ignorant among us.

    September 11, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Hmm – cut off the man's Air Force Retirement Funds. That's a good start. Or is he mentally disabled??

    September 11, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Our credit was downgraded because of their threats to shut the government down.

    People, we need to shut down the Corporate loving Fascist teabaggers or lose our country forever.

    September 11, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. An American in mourning

    Where were these people when Bush destroyed our civil liberties?
    Where were these people when Bush ignored our Constitution?
    Where were these people when Bush spent us into a recession by having two illegal wars and complete fiscal mismanagement?
    Where were these people when the rest of us WERE the Tea Party and wanted the government to stop spending for illegal wars and lining GOP wallets?
    Where were these people when the Koch brothers bought an American political party?

    September 11, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. pmk1953

    There are never any articles about the angry electorate who would like to choke the tea party to death. Why is this ignored? The tea part is a minority but gets all the headlines. I think the majority should get loud and noisy also. Let's drown out this constant background noise of the repressive minority.

    September 11, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Jack V

    These would be the first people to cry like stuck pigs if their "entitlements" go taken away from them! How long are we going to have to let the loudmouths ruin our country?

    September 11, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Master11

    Tea Baggers are, in fact, both old and new authoritarian conservatives.These Authoritarians are a notoriously nasty crew. If you have not noticed, they are delighted with what is happening in Washington, the chaos they have created. Actually, they are thrilled that they have been able to turn the Nation’s Capital upside down, as they actively work to screw up federal government in the hope of literally destroying it. If you look closely, it is obvious that most of these Tea Party people have no real idea about the potential consequences of their actions, and they do not care to inform themselves. These are people who will pick a fight for the sake of picking a fight, refusing to compromise about anything that conflicts with their collective agenda, just because that feels to them like the right thing to do.

    September 11, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    They should have showed some of the anti-health care reform posters many used to carry. "Don't Touch My Medicare" They used to have large crowds, but lately there have been more reporters than citizens at the outdoor rallies. What happened? The Tea Party support seems to be mainly corporate support today.

    Could it be because Republicans have decided to re-invent Medicare, pretty much ending it as we know it? I think so. I think a lot of them stopped and said, "What a second. I'm not sure if I want to go along with that idea." Case in point, the NY-26 special election.

    September 11, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I think you can just look at this photo and see how misinformed a lot of these folks are. Maybe it's the smarter folks in our nation that have finally seen what this movement is about hence their falling poll numbers and 28% approval ratings.

    September 11, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Vitters diaper

    Bunch of idiots! Silly old white people. Geesh!

    September 11, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Squigman

    At this point, it would be nice to see all of the Tea Partiers, taken off all social programs. Social programs including fire and rescue services, access to ambulance services, all medical services, and social security. Maybe then, these so called voices of the electorate would not have the funds to go out and tell their version of how everything is so messed up. It may be time to write to the congressional, or senitorial leader of your area, and ask that bills be introduced to the floor of both senate and congress, debating, and possibly passing laws taking these (so called) patriots from the programs, and thus bolstering the programs longevity. Just a thought.

    September 11, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. TEAPARTY Mike

    Actually the TEA Party does not want to shut down the government. But if that is the only way to extract even small cuts in spending from Obama and Democrats, then that is what is takes.
    But guess what all you lefty lame brains. Obama and the Democrats are now cutting spending and Obama is even calling for the super committee to pass more deficit reduction than they are tasked to. It is true Obama wants some deficit reduction in tax increases, but he is not saying it all has to be that. Obama is calling for more spending cuts and also modifications to Medicare and Social Security. Same thing as the TEA Party. When ever the TEA Party wants to cut spending, the lame brain left twists that into something like the TEA Party wants to eliminate all government. I would be thrilled if spending was cut by 15 percent. That would reduce the current spending from 3.8 trillion down to 3.230 trillion and cut 570 billion from the deficit. Even a brain dead lefty nut case should be able to buy a lot of government for 3.230 trillion.
    When are the left going to start calling Obama an extremist and other names because he wants to cut some spending?

    September 11, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    just being angry gets little to NOTHING done in Congress...thus we have a "DO NOTHING CONGRESS" thanks in part to the Tea Party and their lack of ability to govern. Plus the American people are starting to see through this so-called grassroots movement that is funded in part by the likes of the Koch Brothers. You didn't hear very much this time about that bus trip fron Napa Valley to Florida by the TP Express because I am willing to bet the crowds were much smaller this time around. If anything there were probably more distractors than supporters.

    September 11, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. Whatever next?

    The media are the only thing sustaining the tea party. and they do so to the detriment of america.

    September 11, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  16. jane

    old, white and out-dated.....

    September 11, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. B

    Anger is not enough,you need to have Solutions and the Tea Party idiots do not have ANY !

    Try running around carrying more weapons, that ought to impress everyone...


    September 11, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. TEAPARTY Mike

    The Tea Party Republican debate will be another learning opportunity for Obama. Based on Obama's new jobs plan, he is not capable of learning from his past mistakes. His new jobs plan is just a rerun of things that have not produced results as promised. Time he opens his mind to some new ideas. There are some things in Obama's plan that will help some and others that won't help at all. Look for Republicans to fix it up for him and then we will see how willing Obama is to practice what he preaches and put country before party and compromise.

    September 11, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    ..and with Obama pressing to spend another $450 billion from new debt, the Tea Party is going to gather even more strength going into 2012. He is playing right into their hands. His political advisors need to get out of Washington DC and listen to the American people. American voters made clear in 2010 that out-of-control spending is unacceptable.

    September 11, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. Sunshine

    Remember the monkey signs of the President during their rallies? Remember when they referred to him as a Muslim? Remember when they questioned his citizenship? Remember all the dumb beliefs the tea party has? Succeeding Texas from the Union? How could anyone in their right mind ever join or vote for any of these whack jobs!

    September 11, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. Huh?

    Wow, check out all the white people.

    The guy in that picture that seems most adamant about cutting spending is the guy who is clearly drawing benefits from the government. Tea Partiers, that is known as irony.

    September 11, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Positive

    Considering how unpopular the Tea Party is after their debt ceiling nonsense caused the economy to start to tank again, cost us our AAA rating, after we've watched them pursued anti-middle class agenda and a far-right social agenda, I don't think most of us really care what their angry about anymore. We just want them all voted out of office!

    September 11, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Just a thought

    This commerical is brought to you by the intellectually devoid society. Funny, most of these people are living on government entitlements / of some sort. And its as if they want to make sure they don't receive anything just to make sure they can blame Obama. We're talking the dumb leading the idiots into cutting their noses off despite their faces. LOL

    September 11, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. leonard Beaton

    there are many republicans that are against the health care bill.
    It was promoted as a bill that would give everyone the same kind on medical insurance that congress has.
    My question is how many tea party members of congress have congressional insurance and do republican think there should be no congressional insurance and they should buy there own like most Americans need to

    September 11, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. ggwindsor

    GI JOE iloveit- still laughing -i hope these people did,nt -have to pay a fee to look stupid

    September 11, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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