After the tax day rallies, not a lot has been written about the tea party movement. Leroy Goldman has an op-ed in today’s Citizen-Times about the two things the tea party movement must do if it is to have a significant effect on politics after 2010. First, the movement must broaden its base to include more than just Republicans. Just as Obama’s support in 2008 extended beyond liberals, the tea party movement must expand its base to include independents and conservative Democrats. Second, it must openly oppose the tiny minority of extremists within the movement. These people tarnish the tea party label and provide the left with ammunition to discredit the movement.
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