Party, Politicians Sliding Along Political Spectrum

Thursday, September 16, 2010

U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell speaks to her supporters after she won the Delaware U.S. Senate primary against Rep. Mike Castle on September 14, 2010 in Dover, Delaware. (Mark Wilson/Getty)

It has been a successful primary season thus far for The Tea Party, especially with a surprising victory for Christine O'Donnell over former two-term governor and nine-term Congressman, Mike Castle, to win the Republican nomination for the Senate race in Delaware, Tuesday night.

What do these Tea Party wins mean for the Republican Party, and is the GOP shifting on the political spectrum?

Kate Zernike is a reporter for The New York Times, and the author of Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America.

We also want to know from you: Are you moving along the political spectrum this election season? Are you finding yourself moving further left or further right this year? Let us know in the comments or text it to 69866 with the word TAKE.

Responses by text message:

Don't know, but I do love the way the T.P.'s win by purporting NOT to be Republicans, but then as soon as they win, the $ can't come quick enough from Repubs
—Pontiac, MI

I'm an independent, and all this anger-driven rhetoric and negativity has only pushed me further left. Pablo/florida
Hollywood, FL

Nope. The Tea Party is not "moving" the GOP. Rather it's fracturing it. Blame Gingrich and the Contract With America that urged people that govt = "evil"
Pontiac, MI

I think the tea party represents a group of far weather republicans. I don't hear anything different from them vs far right republicans.
Jonathan, Columbia, SC

No strict Dem ticket 4 me.
Allan, Woonsocket, RI

To the left, to the left
Miguel, Hialeah, FL

Comments [3]

Gregory Lewis from Florida Keys

I perceive the Tea Partyists as wanting to shove their extremist pseudo-Christian agenda and misinterpretaiton of the Founding Fathers" down our throats. They compel me leftward.

Sep. 16 2010 09:52 AM
Jeff from Connecticut

Haven't moved. For all who have... "mad-as-H" types who want to "take it back" -- take a good look in the mirror and then decide whether the government is the problem.

Sep. 15 2010 02:55 PM
kris from Livonia Mi

to the right, to the right

but not happily

Sep. 15 2010 02:47 PM

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