As 2010 progressed the domination of the Tea Party became even more evident. In SeptemberÂ more polling emerged:
Once considered a fringe element that spoke only to the most disaffected, a new poll reflects broad support among Republicans for the Tea Party movement. A new poll released by Wall Street Journal and NBC News demonstrated the Tea Party’s support among Republican voters. 71 percent of Republicans support the ideals expressed by the Tea Party, a significant majority that shows the Tea Party “isn’t a small little segment, but it is a huge part of what’s driving 2010,” according to Democratic pollster Peter Hart in an interview in The Wall Street Journal.
The Tea Party did help sweep into power 87 new Republican House members and six Republican senators, who have sharpened the debate on spending restraint. Unless one believes that midterm voters didn’t understand the political philosophy of those they were elected, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the Tea Party philosophy, if not the movement itself, embodies the most dominant strain in American politics today.