Beck Rally Is Warning to All

Many hate Dems ... and GOP
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2010 2:50 AM CDT
Beck Rally Is Warning to All
The crowd attending the "Restoring" Honor rally, organized by Glenn Beck, is seen from the base of the Washington Monument in Washington, on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The anti-Washington energy at Glenn Beck's rally Saturday is a warning not only to the incumbent party but also to the GOP. Many at the DC event, which "carried the tone of a religious revival," according to the Wall Street Journal, said in interviews that GOP politicians shouldn't take their votes for granted. "Now I feel that I belong to no party," said one disenchanted voter at the rally.

While the kind of anti-incumbent sentiment displayed is generally bad news for the party in power, the Tea Party movement could end up helping Dems in November, as Tea Party-endorsed candidates like Rand Paul and Sharron Angle have knocked potentially more electable centrists out of the GOP running. "Republicans have put some of these races back in play," a Dem strategist said. "The Sarah Palins and Glenn Becks of the world are undermining the electability" of their party.
(More Tea Party stories.)

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