A recent poll conducted by DailyKOS/Research 2000 of 2003 self-identified Republicans found some interesting results:
Should Barack Obama be impeached, or not?
Not Sure 29
Do you think Barack Obama is a socialist?
Not Sure 16
Do you believe Barack Obama was born in the United States, or not?
Not Sure 22
Do you believe Barack Obama wants the terrorists to win?I'm sure many of these questions would have had mirror-image responses among Democrats if you had asked them about Bush in 2004 (except for wanting the terrorists to win - that's just nuts). The really worrying responses were these:
Not Sure 33
Should same sex couples be allowed to marry?
Not Sure 16
Should gay couples receive any state or federal benefits?
Not Sure 21
Should openly gay men and women be allowed to teach in public schools?
Not Sure 19
Should sex education be taught in the public schools?
Not Sure 7
Should public school students be taught that the book of Genesis in the Bible explains how God created the world?
Not Sure 8
Should contraceptive use be outlawed?
Not Sure 13
Do you believe that the only way for an individual to go to heaven is though Jesus Christ, or can one make it to heaven through another faith?Anyone care to ask Ron Paul these same questions? I think the answers would tell you what the real "Ron Paul Revolution" would entail.
Not Sure 18
Note that Sarah Palin isn't doing much to distance herself from these views, either. This is from the Q&A session at a recent Tea Bagger - er, I mean Tea Party convention:
"I think, kind of tougher to, um, put our arms around, but allowing America's spirit to rise again by not being afraid to kind of go back to some of our roots as a God fearing nation where we're not afraid to say, especially in times of potential trouble in the future here, where we're not afraid to say, you know, we don't have all the answers as fallible men and women so it would be wise of us to start seeking some divine intervention again in this country, so that we can be safe and secure and prosperous again. To have people involved in government who aren't afraid to go that route, not so afraid of the political correctness that you know -- they have to be afraid of what the media said about them if they were to proclaim their alliance on our creator."
Here's my analysis of the Tea Party movement: the GOP has realized that courting the Religious Right is no longer sufficient to guarantee them the White House or even a majority in Congress. As such, they need to re-brand themselves to attract the independents (and perhaps even Democrats) and make them actually believe that the GOP is the party of small government and fiscal responsibility. Nevermind that government actually grew (by 61,000 positions) under Ronald Reagan, the poster child of the small government movement. It shrank by 373,000 under Clinton. Reagan also greatly expanded Social Security. Taxes went up. But none of this fits the established Republican-Democrat narrative.
Link to the full poll results is here.