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With tea party favorites Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann generating buzz in GOP political circles the Obama White House thinks it can hurt Republicans by painting the party with the broad bush of growing tea party unpopularity.
It’s an old political ploy called guilt-by-association.
Sometimes it works.
More often it backfires.
Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs Tuesday said GOP candidates must decides whether to work with the administration or “swear allegiance to the tea party.” David Alexrod, who ramrodded Obama’s successful 2008 campaign, said Republican presidential contenders are “pledging allegiance to the tea party.”
The Democratic National Committee has a new video out that claims GOP members of Congress and the growing Republican presidential field “embrace extreme tea party policies.”
Polls show tea party approval ratings dropping fast for the tea party and its policies.
But Obama’s popularity with voters is on the skids too and polls show voter dissatisfaction with both Democrats and Republicans in Congress at an all-time low.
So will voters buy into claims from either side when it comes to charges of “extremism?”
Unlikely at this point.
While the extreme fringes of the tea party turns off many voters, others are motivated by the group’s positions on spending and taxes. Polls show voter anger at an all-time high and that anger generally hurts incumbents.
Which means trouble for both Obama, the GOP majority in the House of Representatives and the Democratic edge in the Senate.
Potentially, this “throw-the-bums-out” mentality could lead to an election where Republicans win the White House and Senate and lose the House.
Which could leave America right where it is now.