Shannon Travis, a “CNN Political Producer,” has done a story with the headline: Disgruntled Democrats join the Tea Party. It reads, in part:

They are not typical Tea Party activists: A woman who voted for President Obama and believes he’s a “phenomenal speaker.” Another who said she was a “knee-jerk, bleeding heart liberal.”

These two women are not alone.

Some Americans who say they have been sympathetic to Democratic causes in the past — some even voted for Democratic candidates — are angry with President Obama and his party. They say they are now supporting the Tea Party — a movement that champions less government, lower taxes and the defeat of Democrats even though it’s not formally aligned with the Republican Party. […]

As I’ve written, there are many, many disgruntled Democrats and Independents, but they are not joining the Tea Party in any numbers. Trying to concoct a story that says otherwise through a silly and hyperbolic headline and an interview with a couple of people strains credulity. Remarkably, inside the article itself it says that only 4% of Tea Party members are Democrats, the rest Republicans, though I even find that number high. What about Independents?

Which brings me to another issue, wondering when traditional media and others are going to give full voice to Independents? This is especially important since their numbers are growing faster than both Dems and Republicans.

And by the way, even those people who are infuriated, including dozens who have emailed me, none have said they wish they’d voted for McCain-Palin. So, the one person in the CNN piece who said she “regrets voting for Barack Obama,” well, she’s in a class all her own; one that rekindles the unhinged fringe brand from 2008.

UPDATE: Well, that didn’t take long. Soon after I wrote this post a response was posted on my Facebook page. Puma didn’t die, they’re “morphing.”

“we never passed away, we’re just morphing. some to tea party’s, some waiting for the democrats to be the party they once were, some independent until further notice.” – Amy Michelle Petunia