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A new Rasmussen poll shows the Tea Party movement is way more popular than the Republican Party it seeks to be a part of - if they were a political party, they would overtake the GOP on the generic Congressional ballot. The results of the poll? Democratic 36%, Tea Party 23%, Republican 18%.

What this really shows is the power of populism. And the populists on the left would have a surprisingly broad range of agreements with the populists on the right. No trust of corporate America, and their wholly-owned politicians. A visceral hatred of banks and insurance companies who have been sucking our blood for decades. A horror at the idea of corporations as persons. A mistrust of the Fed.

So we populists on the left should be reaching across the aisle to the populists on the right to form a new alliance, and maybe together we can actually produce some meaningful political change in America.

Remember, movement politics have always been ahead of political parties in producing major change in America, from abolition to women's suffrage to civil rights to gay rights. We all need to be showing up at the tea party meetings!
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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War (more...)

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Is there really a "tea party" infrastructure? It s... by Dick Thomson on Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 at 12:18:23 PM
Yes, I not only agree with you, I made much the sa... by Scott Baker on Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 at 3:24:31 PM
like "it is the elite and privilege 1% vs. the res... by Steven Leser on Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 at 12:03:32 AM
I've said it before. If we can put aside the small... by Patrick Henry on Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 at 6:36:04 PM
I was actually watching CNBC the day Santelli rant... by Scott Baker on Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 at 5:03:30 PM
I admire the fact that the Tea Party movement is m... by Gustav Wynn on Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 at 8:42:33 PM
As in any strata of society, 90% of the people are... by Dick Thomson on Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 at 8:10:55 AM
Patrick Henry said "if we can put aside small diff... by Don Smith on Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 at 9:33:07 PM
we see the few politicians whom the Teabaggers hav... by Steven Leser on Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 at 11:58:40 PM
I went to the first tea party in my town. I never ... by wagelaborer on Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 at 12:43:23 AM
Democrats against war may be able to join conserva... by Jason Paz on Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 at 3:22:42 AM