Don't let the tea party go Perot

The emergence of official tea party candidates would be very welcome news in the Obama White House. All at once, a powerful and energetic counterweight to the Democratic establishment would become a splinter group, destroying the unified opposition it has helped to create. A potential electoral majority on the threshold of victory would become two minority factions almost certain to share in defeat, and a movement inspired to stop the big-government agenda ... Full Story »

Posted by Kelly Garrett - via Dan Kennedy, Memeorandum, Opinion Source, Google News (Republican Party), Donica Mensing (t), Matthew Nadler (t)

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by Kelly Garrett - Apr. 3, 2010

Dan Quayle expresses concerns for that the Tea Party may split the GOP vote in the upcoming elections. He's not the first person to express this concern, but the argument is sound and the comparison to Perot in 1994 seems reasonable. Criticism of the Obama administrations reaction to the Tea Party movement appears to be an attempt to encourage solidarity among conservatives. Dismissing the more radical and/or violent aspects of the Tea Party movement as just politics as usual ignores some evidence to the contrary.

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