Democrats Should Worry The Most About The Tea Party Poll

I've been mulling over the results of the Rasmussen "tea party" poll and while most are attempting to spell it out as trouble for Republicans, it's actually the Democrats with the most to fear in the results.

As we see more and more tea parties springing up every week we see more and more people growing frustrated with the high levels of government spending and the concept of more government in our lives.  So many in fact that the concept of a "tea party" has edged to second place in political polls.

Democrats rather then embracing these growing number of disenfranchised voters are mocking them calling them names like "tea baggers" and rather than listening to them and cutting back spending they are instead pushing through record levels of spending both here in the state level government and on the national level.

I know what your thinking, 'but the poll shows that the "tea party" as beating Republicans in a 3 way race but Democrats still lead.'

That's true but the devil is in the details.

It's true that in a 3 way race the poll shows Democrats leading with 36% of the vote, the "tea party" coming second with 23% and Republicans finishing last with only 18% and the final 22% undecided.

The detail democrats need to look at however are the following two points:

With independents "tea party" comes out on top.  These were the voters who put Obama over the top yet here we see they are the ones supporting the "tea baggers" that Democrats continue to mock and claim would never support the Democratic party anyway.

Among voters not affiliated with either major party, the Tea Party comes out on top. Thirty-three percent (33%) prefer the Tea Party candidate, and 30% are undecided. Twenty-five percent (25%) would vote for a Democrat, and just 12% prefer the GOP.

And even among the Republican's core:

Among Republican voters, 39% say they’d vote for the GOP candidate, but 33% favor the Tea Party option.

The Conservative voters want TRUE conservatives.  People who will stand up to those spending money hand over fist and tell them "no, it's not your money!" and Independents want this as well.

Democrats had the advantage because young Independent voters looked at Clinton and saw the federal budget balanced for the first time in years, they didn't see the Republican's controlling the house and senate holding the purse strings.  Democrats were quick to take credit and they were also quick to attack Bush (justly I might add) for out of control spending and record debt.  People remembered Bill and saw Bush spending and they believed Obama's hype about hope and change.  They wanted to see a true leader stand up and put a halt to out of control government, instead the change was for the worse and we're seeing tea parties rising up in protest.

Now Democrats are looking at the polls and thinking its a good thing when it's not.  Will they learn and change their ways in time or will they make the same mistake the Republican party did and spend their way out of office?