By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
A new Gallup poll finds that a majority of Americans, 58 percent, are dissatisfied with both the Republican and Democratic parties and wish for a third. But can they agree on the ideology of another party?
The poll, of course, conjures up thoughts about the Tea Party, which is less a party and more a movement - seemingly settled within the ranks of the most conservative of Republicans. But what if the Tea Party broke from the GOP?
It's not inconceivable. Or, the Republican Party regulars might ultimately bolt instead, leaving the Grand Old Party to the Tea Partiers.
The question is - how does this affect the balance of the parties.
My conservative friends are regaling in the fact that there's this perceptible move to the right - evidenced by the Tea Party-backed Republican candidates who were victorious during this week's primary elections. But their celebrations may be premature.
The people who have to be swayed in order to win general elections are the independents. People who have no party affiliations or allegiances. And even those who might otherwise lean toward the right - and the Republican Party - might be reticent to do so this November. Because the image many voters have of the Tea Party is that it's a fringe movement.
Even if that proves to not be the case, my Democratic friends - while visibly and vocally concerned about the midterm elections - are taking some solace in the fracturing of the Republican Party.
There's a lot of spinning going and hyperbole out there - something we've grown to expect election years. But the reality is in the nuances that are often missed in the fast-paced manner in which politics are now covered. The talking heads will speculate. The definitive word on the mood of the people will be determined by the voters in November. My guess, for what it's worth, is that we will see far less party loyalty in November. I hope I'm right. I really hope that this poll is indicative that people are more independent thinking these days. And I hope that their representatives in Washington, no matter what party they belong to, come to the realization that representing their constituencies - not their party platforms - is their number one responsibility.
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