November 23rd, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Is the Tea Party here to stay?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Tea Party movement might just be getting started.

After a year of rallies and protests and a strong showing in the midterm elections, the Tea Party is getting significant support from the public.

A new USA Today/Gallup Poll shows Americans are split as to whether they want Tea Party-backed members of Congress or President Obama to take the lead in setting policy.

The folks at the White House must love this:

In the poll, 28 percent say Obama should have the most influence on government policy in the next year; but 27 percent want the Tea Party to set the course.

The traditional political parties trail behind, with 23 percent choosing Republican congressional leaders to influence policy and only 16 percent choosing Democratic leaders.

Experts say the nation's divided mood "guarantees that there will be gridlock." That's because government follows public opinion, and public opinion is all over the place about who should be in charge.

Meanwhile, here's another sign that the Tea Party could have some real staying power:

The Wall Street Journal reports many Tea Party groups around the country are focusing their agenda of limited government and penny-pinching on local governments.

Here’s my question to you: Is the Tea Party here to stay?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Tea Party
November 23rd, 2010
05:00 PM ET

If Palin runs for president, should she agree to Couric interview?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Sarah Palin told Fox News that if she runs for president, she will not "waste" her time on another interview with CBS' Katie Couric.
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Here's why. Take a look at this transcript from a Cafferty File segment from September 2008:

Cafferty: There's a reason the McCain campaign keeps Governor Sarah Palin away from the press. I want to play an excerpt from an interview that Palin did with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric where she was asked about the bailout package. Listen to this.

Couric: Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries, allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy, instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

Palin: That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping - it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes, and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans.

And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today.

We've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.

Cafferty: Did you get that? If John McCain wins, this woman will be one 72-year-old's heartbeat away from being president of the United States. And if that doesn't scare the hell out of you, it should.

That clip has gotten more than 4,150,000 hits on YouTube.

Here’s my question to you: If Sarah Palin runs for president, should she agree to an interview with Katie Couric?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: 2012 Election • Katie Couric • Sarah Palin