Is the Tea Party too extreme a reaction to the Democratic agenda?

Posted March 29, 2010, at 3:59 p.m.

The Tea Party movement seems to have coalesced the anti-Obama, anti-Democratic

sentiment around the country. Is the movement’s rhetoric about the loss of constitutional

freedoms and the government take-over of the economy an exaggeration of the

Democrats’ agenda? Is the movement merely the extreme right wing of the Republican

Party under a new banner? Or are Tea Party adherents true patriots who are calling

attention to an unprecedented change in the role of the federal government?

Will Republican candidates be able to harness the Tea Party movement to win election in

congressional races and the governor’s race in November? Or is the Tea Party out of step

with most mainstream voters? Is the Tea Party preaching to the choir, or is it rallying

moderates and independents?

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