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The Democratic Strategist

Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

The tea party protesters were not all traditional conservatives. Many combined a small business viewpoint and “populist” distrust of large institutions — including the Republican Party. They are not “in the bag” for the GOP. By Andrew Levison

Now that the “spin war” over the size and authenticity of the “tea parties” is over, Democrats should look at the protests more carefully and consider how best to respond.
To begin, the most important fact to note is that there were actually several quite distinct agendas being pursued during the events.
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