After a recent poll showing that Americans identify more with the Tea Party than with members of Congress, Rasmussen brings us this:

On major issues, 48% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is closer to their views than President Barack Obama. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% hold the opposite view and believe the president’s views are closer to their own.

Not quite the trouncing we gave Congress (which is currently popular with nobody), but it’s still impressive for an infant organization that has been relentlessly mocked and maligned by the mainstream media to beat President Obama in a poll.

The Left continues to attack, and attack, and attack the Tea Party. And they continue to lose, and lose, and lose the debate. They may have dragged their watered-down (but still sufficiently atrocious) health care legislation across the finish line, but not after breaking every bone in their political bodies. And the more they lose but still charge ahead with destructive policies, the more their popularity will plummet and the Tea Party’s will skyrocket.

Americans are aligning with the Tea Party — not with the administration, and certainly not with Congress. With public opinion firmly behind us (and growing), we must continue to forge ahead, reaching out to the community, educating the public, getting voters to the polls in November, restoring this nation to its founding principles.