Multiple Tea Party candidates—even after receiving endorsements from Sarah Palin—have lost in primaries this week, leaving many to wonder whether or not the fringe party has a future in American politics. The Nation‘s Ari Melber joins Andrew Langer of the Institute for Liberty to discuss how this year’s elections might play out for the Tea Party on MSNBC.
Langer and Melber agree that the Tea Party is still a force to be reckoned with. "Folks are as fired up as ever," Langer said. In response to rumors that the Democratic Party is actually looking to support Tea Partiers in order to help weaken the right, Melber warned that meddling inside the opposition party is tricky business. "I think people would be making a profound mistake to cherry-pick a few races where [Tea Party] challengers aren’t winning," he says. "I think the Tea Party remains very powerful."