Democratic National Committee Chairman, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine recently weighed in on the Tea Party movement, saying that Democrats stand to gain from the fringe group's assault on more conventional GOP leaders. Arianna isn't so sure.
MSNBC's David Shuster Interviewed Arianna on Countdown about the effects that Tea Partiers will have on the 2010 midterm elections. To be sure, Arianna agreed that the right wing fringe is making trouble for Republicans facing primaries, but she's not convinced that Democrats will necessarily benefit.
"Unfortunately, what Gov. Kaine said is only half the story. The other half is the bad news for the Democrats, which is losing Virginia, losing New jersey and losing the enthusiasm quotient. Which is so important in elections. Because there is so much enthusiasm and passion right now on the Republican side than on the Democratic. And just as important is what's happening with Independents. First of all, the rise of independents and secondly the fact that independents are now favoring Republicans over Democrats. So there are many problems for both parties."
Adding to these problems, Arianna argued, is the disillusionment of ordinary Americans, people slogging through the poor economy amidst a political system that they feel is stacked against them. It's unclear how this slice of the population will affect the 2010 elections.