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Here's another view:
The Tea Party represents the 10% of Americans on the extreme right, which has its counterpart on the extreme left.
Recent polls show that 40% of Americans remain in the political center with the remainder spread along the spectrum.
The extremists on the right and left, research indicates, increasingly seek out like minded friends and neighborhoods. Gerrymandering reenforces this new form of political segregation, as do media such as Fox on the right and MSNBC on the left.
All of this contributes to a sense of unreality about what most Americans believe.
You want to talk about Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq? Let's talk about the Tealiban and its lefty counterparts, such as Occupy and the animal rights/eco-rights fanatics, in America. These are the folks who scare me.