What are the demographics of today's Protesters Against Obama Care rallying in the Nation's Capitol?
The Wall Street Journal offers a hint from two of their embedded reporters. They road with a group of Tea Partiers all the way from Florida. From Michael M. Phillips and Naftali Bendavid of the WSJ:
The 54 riders on the Tallahassee bus provide a window into the new conservative energy. On the road, they listened to reminiscences of President Ronald Reagan's life, including his battle against Soviet-style communism. It is a fight they say must now be waged at home, against an administration and Congress that is inserting government deeply in banking, car-making and, perhaps, health care.The article goes on to characterize the unifying beliefs of the protesters:
"I can't figure out to save me what [Mr. Obama and the Democrats] are trying to accomplish, unless they want socialism," said 73-year-old Joseph Wright, a retired paper-mill worker.
Forty-four of the riders identified themselves as Republicans, with eight independents and two Libertarians. The average age was 56 years old. Fifty-one said they voted for Republican John McCain in his White House bid last year, though several said they did so to support his running mate, then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The remaining three riders said they voted for Libertarian Bob Barr.
"The Obama administration and congressional Democrats are spending too much money on programs that insert government too far into people's lives."Mary Mangell, described in the piece as owning a baby-sitting company was quoted:
"There really should be a smaller role for the federal government... Keep it simple. Keep it constitutional."