Translation: Forget the third-party nonsense. She’s been surprisingly consistent on this point, even with people like Glenn Beck leaning on her; all credit to her for trying to keep the train on the track for the midterms before it derails in Perotville. With exquisite timing, CNN’s out with a new poll today showing just how catastrophic a third-party tea-party movement would be to the GOP’s chances. Head to head with Democrats on the generic ballot, Republicans currently lead 47/45 among registered voters. Feast your eyes on what happens if tea partiers, er, go rogue:
That’s a lot of tea. In fact, according to CNN, fully 11 percent of Americans claim they’ve actively supported the tea party movement in some way. (Note to Olbermann: Supporters are also better educated than the population on average.) Can that be right? 33 million or so tea partiers?