In their own words …
They call themselves Teabaggers, but really, they are nothing other than Republicans. Out of the box, run of the mill, nothing special Republicans.
You might think that these conversations are cherry picked, a rare set of unusual views held by a small number of the people at this rally.
I spent hours on the telephone last election speaking to randomly chosen voters in a high-SES Republican district in Minnesota. A minority of people with whom I spoke were pretty serious Democrats supporting the Democratic slate. The rest of the people with whom I spoke with Republicans.
Every single one of the Republicans sounded pretty much like the people on this video, more or less. Generally, more.
The local candidate I was calling for was not white. That was a major concern of many of the Republicans. They were also concerned about his position on gun control. I would often hear this:
“What is his position on gun control.”
And my answer would be, “I’m not sure. But since he’s a career Marine he’s probably a pretty good shot.”