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    Sure, it might have short-term benefits for the Democrats.  But in the long run it could be bad for the country.

    Consider a parallel: in the 1950s and 1960s, most countries in the Middle East were taken over by dictators and strongmen, usually from the military.  These dictators had no political base on which to stand, no reason for being in power other than a general frustration with civilian government, and no program other than keeping themselves in power.  In order to maintain themselves on their presidential thrones, therefore, they resorted to the usual expedient: finding scapegoats to divert blame from their failures.  Scapegoats such as colonialism, "Westernization", Israel.

    In doing so they empowered a generation of conspiracy theorists and fringe groups with a very tenuous grounding in reality.  Although created in order to support the régime, these paranoid theorists and their groups soon became the greatest threat to the stability of the countries -- and long outlived the régimes that inspired them.  They exist today as a multitude of guerrilla armies and terrorist cells.

    In much the same way, the Republicans created the teabagger beast, and have now lost control of it.  What's to stop these "Tea Parties" from morphing into the terror cells of the future?  The Republicans are big jerks, and several of them are off in crazy territory, but they're (mostly) not yet so crazy as to create terrorist units inside the United States.  Yet without any control from above, that's just what's likely to happen to the fringe of this movement -- and over the next several years we can expect to see the right-wing version of the Weather Underground carrying out bombings in the name of their notion of "liberty".

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