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Tea Party's political brew an explosive mix for US

Business Times - 27 Oct 2010


Tea Party's political brew an explosive mix for US

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

HERE is a prediction: If as expected, the Republicans make big electoral gains in next week's mid-terms - taking control of the House of Representatives and perhaps even the Senate - these victories are going to be hailed by the Republican leaders and their allies in the Tea Party as a clear sign that the American people have turned against President Barack Obama's 'socialist' agenda.

These winners will then proclaim that the voters want Republicans to overturn the series of policy changes that Democrats have enacted in the last two years. And Republican Congressional leaders will be pressed by the Tea Party candidates to repeal the healthcare reforms, to extend the entire set of Bush era tax cuts, to slash foreign aid and to increase defence spending.

Some of the more radical members of the new Republican majority will urge the new Congress to thre…