Huffpost editor Roy Sekoff appeared on "The Joy Behar Show" Tuesday alongside CNN political reporter Candy Crowley to talk about the midterm elections and the tea party movement's relationship with the Republican Party.
Behar pointed to Senator Scott Brown's decision to skip a Boston tea party rally with Sarah Palin and asked why the recently elected senator would distance himself from the group.
Sekoff said that he believes moderate Republicans, already an "endangered" group, are fleeing from the politics of tea partiers. He believes that Democrats stand to gain if the midterm elections are considered a referendum on the tea party movement:
Sekoff: "If 2010 comes down to being a referendum on Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the Democratic Congress, I think the Democrats are in trouble. But if it can be a referendum on Sarah Palin, and Michele Bachmann, and the lunatic fringe there in the tea party, I think that helps the Democrats a great deal."
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