The headline writers at the N&O are at it again, this article by T. Keung Hui does a good job reporting on campaign mail being sent out by liberal groups attacking conservative candidates running for Wake County School Board, but the headline “Fliers try to tar Wake school board candidates with tea party label” reinforces the notion that the “Tea Party” is a bad thing.
It is true, the liberal organizations (including Common Cause and the AFL-CIO) that are paying for the mailers supporting liberal candidates in this year’s Wake Board of Education races have decided this local election is all about the Tea Party. Many of the mailers do not even mention issues relevant to the 2011 election and include pictures of Tea Party participants holding American flags and signs that say things like “The Constitution and Bill of Rights not liberalism or socialism” – oh my, the Tea Party really is bad isn’t it? (now that is sarcasm)
Click here to access a few of the mailers on the News and Observer blog site.
The anti-Tea Party strategy appears to be an attempt to test the tactic before using it in the 2012 election. But, it is worth noting that the last Civitas poll to ask whether respondents supported the Tea Party movement was in July 2011 when 42 percent of the respondents indicated they did support the Tea Party and 20 percent had no opinion.
Will this strategy backfire? We will know for sure when the votes are counted on Election Day – but some seem to think that the “Tea Party” may find these tactics reason enough to get out and vote in an election they have never voted in before.