Magazine February 22, 2010, Issue

The Coming Tea-Party Election

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann at a rally protesting the healthcare bill outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., December 15, 2009 (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
For the GOP, it’s an opportunity, not a threat

Republican congressmen don’t know what to make of them. Journalists are alarmed. Paul Krugman says the tea partiers are driven by “cultural and racial anxiety” about President Obama. David Brooks says they are “against the concentrated power of the educated class.” And Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) wants to expose them. Deeply suspicious of demonstrators’ references to “Obamacare” on the Mall last fall, she stated, “I want those people talked to; I want them interviewed.”

The National Review Institute has obliged Representative Waters, commissioning McLaughlin & Associates to take a de­tailed look at tea partiers: both the 6 percent of the

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