January 31, 2010, 7:00 PMBy THE EDITORS
The Tea Party movement may be fringe no more. Americans feel less negatively about it than than they feel about the Democrats or the Republicans, according to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal surveyreleased last week. The latest Field Poll in California found that 3 in 10 surveyed identified with the movement.
The Republicans are working to marshal Tea Party support for their candidates. The Democrats, meanwhile, see an opportunity to use the movement as a wedge between moderate independents and Republicans — or at least to characterize the G.O.P. as tea party central.
Is this a typical third-party movement? Are mainstream parties ever able to co-opt third-party messages and members?
- Neil Newhouse, pollster for Senator-elect Scott Brown
- Bob Moser, editor of The Texas Observer
- Rick Shenkman, history professor, George Mason University
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