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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

NAACP Takes On The Tea Party Movement
The NAACP is on the brink of voting on a measure to condemn the Tea Party movement as racist. Tea Partiers claim the NAACP vote is just a political ploy. The nation's leading civil rights group began discussing the language of the resolution at its annual convention in Kansas City. The resolution by the NAACP is expected to "repudiate the racism of the Tea Parties" and stand against the movement's attempt to "push our country back to the pre-civil rights era." Sean chalked this attempt by the NAACP to label Tea Partiers as racist as “silly politics.” “We get to the point in every election season, where it becomes a little bit of the silly season, and people are looking to energize their bases out there. It happens every election cycle, and it’s happening now.” To read more about this developing story click here.

Joseph Farah and Pastor Reid Debate NAACP/Tea Party Battle
Sean welcomed Joseph Farah, editor-in-chief of World Net Daily, and Pastor Reid to the program to discuss the NAACP’s condemnation of the Tea Party movement. When Sean asked Pastor Reid directly if he could cite any specific incidents of racism by the Tea Party movement, Reid couldn’t seem to come up with any. Farah and Sean both agreed that a charge of racism is an extremely serious accusation - one that should not be thrown around lightly. “I’ve watched hundreds of hours of Tea Party protest video and haven’t seen any incidents of racism,” Farah told Sean. “All we have here is an empty allegation. I can tell you, as someone who has written a book about this, I have had to look through thousands upon thousands of pictures of signs and posters that Tea Partiers displayed – not once did I see any that showed even the slightest hint of racism,” Farah concluded.

Zogby And Schoen Weigh In On Dems' Future
Pollsters John Zogby and Doug Schoen joined Sean in the show’s final hour and offered differing opinions on the outcome of November’s elections. Zogby felt that Democrats will get steamrolled in the House of Representatives by Republicans, but would fare much better in the Senate. “There is no question that the Dems are on the ropes in a lot of districts,” said Zogby. “In the Senate I’m still not seeing the required number of seats for Republicans.” The problem, Zogby told Sean, is with the Republican Party. “The problem with the Republicans is that while Democrats are not well regarded, the Republicans themselves are still not doing very well themselves as a party.” Schoen strongly disagreed with Zogby’s assessment. “I don’t think there’s any statistical way things will improve for the Democrats, except to run a vicious negative campaign against the Republicans and say that its ‘Bush’s fault’,” Schoen said.

Show Guests

John Zogby

John Zogby (born 1948) is an American political pollster and first senior fellow at The Catholic University of America's Life Cycle Institute. He is the founder, president and CEO of Zogby International, a polling firm known for both phone polling and interactive, Internet-based polling.

Doug Schoen

Doug Schoen was named Pollster of the Year in 1996 by the American Association of Political Consultants Dr. Schoen was President William Jefferson Clinton's research and strategic consultant during the 1996 reelection, and has been widely credited with creating and effectively communicating the message that turned around the President's political fortunes between 1994 and 1996. For more than twenty years Dr. Schoen has created winning messages and provided strategic advice to numerous political clients in the United States and to heads of state in countries around the world, including Greece, Turkey, Israel, the Philippines, Korea, the Dominican Republic, Bermuda and Yugoslavia.