Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne Jr. predicts the Tea Party will have little impact on 2010 elections and says they represent the views of a small minority that both parties would be wise not to pander to.
the Tea Party is essentially the reappearance of an old anti-government far right that has always been with us and accounts for about one-fifth of the country. The Times reported that Tea Party supporters “tend to be Republican, white, male, married and older than 45.” They are also more affluent and better educated than Americans as a whole. This is the populism of the privileged.
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