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Will the 'Tea Party' take over Congress?

The tea party movement is clearly having major impact on the midterm elections – putting a significant number of more conventional Republicans as well as Democrats into a cold sweat as they look over their shoulders at tea party-backed candidates with a real possibility of winning.

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Tea party activists held a rally and march in Washington Saturday. More tea party rallies were held Sunday in Washington, St. Louis, and Sacramento.

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Could the “Tea Party” take over Congress?

Not hardly. First, there is no such thing as the Tea Party. It’s a fascinating gathering of libertarians, conservatives, and others just plain fed up with business as usual in Washington, and it has some prominent figureheads – Fox News broadcasters and political pot-stirrers Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, who appeared together in Anchorage Saturday.

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But come November, will there be a House Speaker or Senate Majority Leader with a “TP” after his or her name rather than a “D” or an “R”?

Definitely not. And yet, and yet…

The tea party movement is clearly having major impact on the midterm elections – putting a significant number of more conventional Republicans as well as Democrats into a cold sweat as they look over their shoulders at tea party-backed candidates with a real possibility of winning.

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