October 27th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

Testing the Tea Party: Will the movement live or die?

Shannon Travis

Editor's note: Who and what makes up the Tea Party movement? Don't miss CNN's unprecedented documentary "Boiling Point: Inside the Tea Party," Saturday and Sunday night at 8 ET on CNN.

(CNN) - In a few days, Americans could carve out a monument to the Tea Party's power - or etch out the movement's political tombstone.

The outcome of the midterm elections will either validate the Tea Party as a national force or cause both Democrats and Republicans to second-guess the movement's impact. But dead or alive after Election Day, the Tea Party has earned a place in history.

The movement was born of frustration and anger at the political establishment and steeped in economic anxiety. It now bubbles with the hope of electoral success in the midterm elections.

But how did it get here?

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Raw Politics • Tea Party
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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    The bottom line much as efforts are made to show otherwise. Tea party people are/were Republicans anyway.
    The problem is they take the Republican party too far out to the very right of the party.
    Consequently fewer than predicted will win either Senate or House races, and I do not believe polls which indicate Independents will swing behind Tea party candidates if they are the only choice vs a democrat and they voted democrat in 2008.In the house it must be remembered there are many so called democrats who consistently voted against Democratic bills. If these guys win again (likely in my opinion) nothing changes there making the huge 60+ seat movement in the house unrealistic.
    The tea party movement will go the way of Perot and be forgotten or literally subsumed (more likely ) by the mainstream Republican party.

    October 28, 2010 at 2:20 am |
  2. Annie Kate

    Whether the Tea Party lives or dies after the election I think depends on not only if they win some seats but how effective they are in their terms of office. They want to accomplish some things that they may find that they cannot get enough votes on to be successful. At the end of the day, if the Congress is more ineffective than it is now then the Tea Party may be judged a failure.

    October 27, 2010 at 8:19 pm |
  3. Dustin Caniglia

    In the vast majority of United States elections, how to cast your vote comes down to one very basic choice: If you hold some sort of advantage over most others in our country and wish that advantage to be protected, then vote Republican. If you do not hold such an advantage, or you do but do not believe that guarding that advantage should be a political activity, then vote Democrat.

    Oddly, that is what our political struggle has become, the tea party is just a more radical branding of what we already had.

    October 27, 2010 at 7:03 pm |