First, via MSNBC, listen to Maddow discuss two Tea Party failures at the polls:
Then in this second clip, Maddow interviews Robert Putnam, the co-author of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. Again, via MSNBC:
It has taken a while, but people are starting to figure out that we don't want Tea Party representatives in government or for that matter any people associated with the reactionary propagandist, Glenn Beck. That would include, if Maddow's analysis continues to hold in the current election cycle, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain and Governor Perry, all extremist, Tea Party candidates for president who have been guests on Beck's show on Fox.
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Of course, the next election may become a gift to whomever runs against a President in power during bad economic conditions. If recent results are any indication however, even a bad economy will not bring people to vote for candidates like Perry who aim, many believe, to tear down the wall of separation between church and state, exactly as the Tea Party and Glenn Beck want to see happen.