July 28th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Dems label GOP as 'Republican-Tea Party'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/04/art.kaine1.gi.jpg caption =" DNC Chairman Tim Kaine is expected to roll out a ‘major initiative’ Wednesday."]Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee Wednesday is expected to roll out what they term a "major initiative" that will try to define Republicans as outside the political mainstream.

A DNC source tells CNN that committee chairman Tim Kaine and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC's vice-chairman, as well as several other members of Congress, will introduce what they call the "Republican-Tea Party Contract With America."

It's part of a strategy by the White House and the Democratic party to define the upcoming midterm elections a choice for voters, between what they say are the polices of President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats that are moving the country forward, compared to the failed policies of the GOP. Republicans hope to make November's contests a referendum on the Obama agenda, which they say is taking the country down the wrong path.

"The Tea Party is now the most potent force in Republican politics and with the recent launch of the Tea Party Caucus on Capitol Hill garnering the support of Republican leaders like NRCC Chair Pete Sessions and Republican Caucus Chair Mike Pence – the Tea Party is now an institutionalized part of the Republican party," says the DNC source.

The source says with that in mind, the DNC will unveil a ten point blue print on how they claim the "Republican-Tea Party" would govern if they reclaim the majority in Congress in the midterm elections.

"There is a key difference between hearing voters and listening to voters. All of America saw Arlen Specter and Claire McCaskill get an earful from voters last August, but it's clear they and other Democrats did not listen to voters anger, ignoring jobs while passing a health care bill the voters did not want. That, combined with President Obama's "how low can they go?" poll numbers, point to strong pickups for the GOP in November," Republican National Committee spokesman Doug Heye told CNN, in responding to the new DNC push.

The year-and-a-half old Tea Party movement, which calls for lower taxes, a smaller federal government, and less intrusion by Washington in the lives of Americans, has added energy to the conservative movement and has already had an impact in Republican party politics in this year's primaries.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey indicates that 47 percent of Americans consider the views and polices of the Tea Party as too extreme, with 43 percent saying the views are in the mainstream. According to the survey, 43 percent of the public considers the views and polices of the Democratic party as too extreme and 39 percent say they feel the same way about the Republican party.

(Updated at 9:06 a.m. with a response from the Republican National Committee)

(Updated at 10:00 a.m. with CNN polling data)

Filed under: 2010 • DNC • Republicans • Tea Party movement
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Four and The Door

    You can't blame the Democrats for trying to recapture the independednt vote again. This is what got them into office in 2008 since in general Americans are not left wing liberal thinkers. But when the independents saw that the type of governance the Democrats were really selling and the ineffectiveness of their philosophies, it is clear that this is not something they are buying again in 2010.

    July 28, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. davec.0121

    Actually, like the Republicans in 1994, it's not a 'Contract with America', it's a 'Contract ON America'. One of the major problems is that in this age of exaggerated self-importance, the Republicans/Tea Partiers can't accept that since they actually lost the election, they don't get to make the rules anymore. Their sense of self-importance is such that when they say the 'Democrats are not hearing' the voters', what they really mean is 'you're not doing what I want you to do.' Maybe Obama is hearing all the voters, not just the ones waving signs and looking for vid ops. If the Republicans/Tea Partiers really believed in 'hearing to the voters', they would not have stone-walled the financial reform act, which polls showed was favored by a substantial majority of the voters.

    July 28, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Georgia Peach

    and that name is also shared by "The Fox Al-Waleed Teaparty Network. 🙂

    July 28, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. La Piovra

    The RNC'S use of Breitbart as a fundraising draw should be eloquent enough as to the unity of purpose, tactics, and direction between the RNC and the Tea Parties, but I doubt the rank and file members of either group realize it yet. Eisenhower/Ford Republicans think their party represents a return to 3¢ postage stamps and a staid 1950's normality that was largely illusory. Tea Party originals think their platform will take them back to an even more illusory 1850's freewheeling pioneer society. Really, both parties have been co-opted by a global corporatocracy and megafinance. Voters need to know this. For those willing to be enlightened now, please see the Citibank/ Ajay memo.

    July 28, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Kay

    Nice try, but the Democrats are still going to get clobbered big time in November.

    July 28, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. False conspiracy fears are GOP Taliban tactics

    Yesterday, Jerry erronously posted that the Dow was at 12621.77 on January 3, 2009. The Dow went over 14000 in 2007, but after the Bush economic meltdown, the Dow dropped below 8000. When Obama was inaugurated, the Dow was approximately 8000 and dropped to 6800 in the next few weeks. The Dow has climbed from 6800 to 10500 in Obama's 18 months. Bush lost over 3 million jobs in his last year in office. So much for those good old days.

    July 28, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. False conspiracy fears are GOP Taliban tactics

    To casll the Fox controlled GOP the tea party is a bit generous. They are the modern day John Birch Society with fear as their message.

    July 28, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Capt. Snarky

    The Dems need to hold their Progressive Agenda up to a mirror – then they'll see "outside the mainstream"

    July 28, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. phoenix86

    The Congressional Budget Office reports that during the first nine months of fiscal 2010 - which ends September 30 - the federal government spent $1 trillion more than it took in.

    Unemployment remains above 9%. Housing starts drop. Iran moves toward nuclear weapons. North Korea sinks a South Korean ship. $1 trillion health care bill. Taxes expected to increase for all in January. Rangel under investigation for ethics violations but will cut a deal with democratic leaders.

    Obama to appear on The View.

    That is the democratic party ideology. What a joke.

    July 28, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. USN

    Unemployment and home forclosure is FORWARD????Bring it

    July 28, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Fed Up

    The Democrats are definitely moving the country forward. That is usually what happens just before things go down the toilet. I think they're running scared. That's ok though, because the American people are running angry. Ever heard of the Boston Tea Party? Guess the Dems haven't.

    July 28, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Dean

    So we have a choice between the Republican-Tea Party or the Democrat-Socialist Party.
    As we are finding out the only problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of everyone else's money.

    July 28, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. johnny

    Here we go, Gov. Kaine won't answer his mail either. This club needs to go.

    July 28, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems can't run on their own record, so they have to use fear tactics, to try and garner support from their own voters.

    July 28, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Crazy Harry

    Define the republicans as out of the mainstream? I think they have done that very well themselves. Don't waste your money.

    July 28, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Liz the First

    I can think of a few more labels: traitors to the country, pennywise and pound foolish, hypocrites, liars, incompetent, oligarchs, i could go on. it's time the Dems got tough with these wastes of skin and stand together to defeat them. the country can't survive another round of republican rule. and i don't use the word, 'rule' lightly. they do not want to govern, they have no respect for government or democratic processes, they want to rule. the middle class is crumbling in the wake of their 'leadership,' and make no mistake it is by design!!! and if you think you're one of the ones in the middle class who will move up financially under the rethugs, instead of down, i've got a nice bridge you'd probably buy. there are to kinds of republicans, millionaires and suckers. if you're not one, you are the other.

    July 28, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Paul from Phoenix

    And the dems are the Democratic-Socialist Party

    July 28, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Normhombre

    Call it like it is! The Party of NO, no ideas, no consience, just no, no, no is the Tea Party and the Tea Party is the GOP! They are disfunctional to the core, and have a huge idenity crisis. On the other hand, if they would embrace the change in the US demographics, quit just relying on the angry white base and denounce the swastika sporting types down in Arizona they would gain base and be much more representative of the majority of folks in the US. I may even vote for them if they would oust Bachman, Palin, Boehner and their ilk, but then who would be left?

    July 28, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. gt

    kaine with his leadership have driven this country to the brink of disaster... i cant beleive he can blame anybody for the mess were in now... tea party or not.. things are terrible.. no jobs , troops being killed for nothing, morals decay on the rise...ugh

    July 28, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. Jeff from Chicago

    Well the democrats can't run on their record since it is not pretty and has severely damaged this country now and into the future, so they have to go back to what they do best, blame someone else.

    July 28, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    What is also needed is a '10-point' playbook on how the extreme right intends to win majority in the House and Senate! Who's really behind all this? And for what purpose? Who will 'profit' most? Who's 'driving' the news? Who's most sorry? Can they be forgiven? Will they fall for the same trick again? (Golly gee, he/she really such a bad person they made him/her out to be?)...Answers to these questions and more coming up!

    July 28, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. joe m

    lovely! more of the same old politics. for once i'd enjoy a campaing that talks about what it is about and what it will do and not bother trying to define the opponent. today's politiics is dominated by each side trying to define the other side, rather than simply telling ups about themselves and what they stand for and believe in. a candidate that wants to to be more concerned about trying to tell me what the opponent stands for is one that i immediately don't turst. if someone wants to to look the other way, then my insticts tell me that they don't want to to look their way b/c they are hiding something they don't want me to know about. the dems need to just talk about what they will continue to do to make things better and let the tea party and the GOP do what they will.

    July 28, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. jpmichigan

    REBULICANS! THAT IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF. Be proud for that means you and you alone are for the people. Democrats have alot to fear from the people of the Tea Parties. Tea party people want small government, cut the spending and deficit and folow the Constitution. These are things that the Democrats don't believe in or practice!

    July 28, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Steve in North Carolina

    The dems better come up with a better strategy than that. In the last 18 months they have demonstrated that they are the ones with the failed policies. Just look at the deficit and unemployment numbers. They can claim all they want that they inherited it from Bush, but the numbers tell a different story. We never had as bad deficit and unemployment numbers under the Bush Administration.

    In short, that dog don't hunt!

    July 28, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. Hugo

    The only label the Dems are going to be reading come November is the label on the guys shirt in front of them while standing in the unemployment line. Of course it will also have his name tag sewn on it so he doesn't get lost or wander off, that name would be Barrack Hussein Obama, c'mon say it with me Progressives, Barrack Hussein Obama!

    July 28, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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