Robert Knight

Whew. Liberals are breathing a sigh of relief after the Associated Press released a poll last week showing that Tea Party members are out of step with the rest of America.

Doctrinaire Liberal: “We just knew these people were wacko. Now we have proof!”

Another Doctrinaire Liberal: “Thank Goddess for polls like this and a reliable outlet like AP, or Sarah Palin and her backwoods family might yet dance their way right into the White House!”

Here’s how the AP spun it:

“’Tea party’ backers fashion themselves as ‘we the people,’ but polls show the Republican Party's most conservative and energized voters are hardly your average crowd.

“According to an Associated Press-GfK Poll this month [November], 84 percent who call themselves tea party supporters don't like how President Barack Obama is handling his job — a view shared by just 35 percent of all other adults. Tea partiers are about four times likelier than others to back repealing Obama's health care overhaul and twice as likely to favor renewing tax cuts for the highest-earning Americans.”

Doctrinaire Liberal: “See? They’re OUT OF THE MAINSTREAM. Now we can get back to pretending we care about the national debt. Hey, have we told you how debt talk can translate into higher taxes?”

Here’s their problem: The only poll that counts was taken Nov. 2, when liberals were routed all over the nation in the Great Shellacking. So, either those Tea Partiers found a way to resurrect the dead like miracle-performing precinct captains in Chicago and Baltimore, or the nation is closer to the Tea Party vision than liberals want to admit.

There is other evidence that Americans are not quite ready to jump back aboard the Hope and Change Express. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll on Nov. 24 showed that only 28% of voters “Strongly Approve” of how Barack Obama is performing as president. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove, “giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14.”

I’m not a statistician, but combined with rude comments from Democratic consultant James Carville about President Obama’s anatomy, these developments indicate that Obama’s troubles are deepening and the Tea Party’s moment in the sun may be just beginning.

Even the professional gropers at the Transportation Safety Administration are taking the hint that Americans have had it with heavy-handed government. I flew out of Washington’s Dulles Airport during Thanksgiving week to Fort Lauderdale and back, and the TSA people could not have been nicer.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.