Beck Rally Is Warning to All

Many hate Dems ... and GOP
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2010 2:50 AM CDT
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)

(Newser) – 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.

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