The world rolls its eyes as the Tea Party movement gains steam in the U.S., but is it really such a bad thing?
“In the 2010 midterm election, 138 candidates identified as having Tea Party support. This included several high-profile candidates such as Sharron Angle (defeated Republican U.S. Senate candidate – Nevada), Rand Paul (successful Republican U.S. Senate candidate – Kentucky), Christine O’Donnell (unsuccessful Republican U.S. Senate candidate – Delaware), Mike Lee (successful Republican Utah representative candidate), and Marco Rubio (successful Republican Florida gubernatorial candidate). Although not every Tea Party candidate won, the movement did win 32 percent of their races, impacting local and national government.
Many Tea Party-endorsed candidates who won were major upsets to established Republican candidates. In other words, Republican Party endorsed candidates lost because Tea Party candidates either defeated them or cut deeply into their vote.
For the same reason, many Tea Party-endorsed candidates who did not win were thorns in the heels of established Republic candidates. In other words, Tea Party candidates wreaked havoc on the Republican Party base.”
The Carnet Atlantique’s Allison Midori Reilly examines why the Tea Party movement might not be such a bad thing for the Democrats. Read all about it in our latest issue.