The media and Republican party hijacked the Tea Party movement. The classical liberal ideas of limited government and civil liberties was overtaken by establishment talking heads and neo-Cons like Gingrich and status quo know-nothings like Cain were labeled "Tea Party" when they represented exactly the opposite of the spirit and meaning.
West is no Tea Party enthusiast; rather he rode on a movement representing nothing of its spirit. People who vote solely based on the the R or the D next to someone's name or equally at fault and deserve what they get.
While I do no agree with the collectives attitude of progressives, I respect their opinion. However, just as I do not want the average neo-Con Republican congressman (Christie, Jindal, Romney, Gingrich, et al) represent the true Republican spirit, I do not expect Obama to represent the true liberal spirit. I can respect someone like Dennis Kucinich. I cannot respect Bush 2.0.
Obama fanboys and fangirls, your President has expanded the war on terror (tripling troop deployment to Afghanistan, continuing the Iraq war before the Iraqis sort of kicked us out, attacking Libya without Congress' approval, quadrupling the drone strikes compared to Bush, and the list goes on), continued to prosecuted marijuana users and has done nothing to stop the war on drugs (RE: Obama's book talking about his pot use and Fast and Furious), tripled our monetary supply through QE2 and QE infinity, bailed out the Wall Street banksters while representing your average Blue Collar Joe, appointed Monsanto execs to cabinet positions, extended the Patriot Act, claims the authority to kill American citizens (see Executive Kill List) and/or detain citizens indefinitely without trial (NDAA), has done anything but help the Unions, and is honestly a complete failure. Everything Bush has done, Obama literally gets a pass. Why? Because he's half black?
The Republicans are just as at fault too. They ran an Obama-lite; Romney virtually had the same stances as Obama. He has flip-flopped on everything. The only non-Goldman Sachs (one of Obama's and Romney's top contributors) candidate that had a chance was Dr. Paul. Drawing thousands of people to speaking events, even in liberal stronghold such as Berkley. Bringing in young, old, black, white, yellow, religious and atheist.
Your President is failing you. Your Congress is failing you. Republicrat and Demican. Stop doing stupid shit and voting on party lines. Read a primer on Austrian economics and follow something else besides Fox, CNN, NBC, ABC, etc.