DNC Chair Tim Kaine casts the Tea Party as "corrosive and divisive"
Wednesday, May 19, 2010; 6:41 PM
As the analysis begins in earnest about what ophthalmologist Rand Paul's (R) landslide victory in Kentucky means for the role of the Tea Party on the national stage, Democrats are quickly moving to cast the movement as a force for division in the country's politics. Paul's win was a "crushing blow to national Republicans and Senator [Mitch] McConnell and also additional evidence that there is a corrosive and divisive civil war occurring on the Republican side," Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine said at a National Press Club luncheon speech today. Kaine whipped through a laundry list of recent instances leading up to Paul's win in which he claimed the Tea Party's influence has divided Republicans. Tea Partiers, Kaine said, had ousted Sen. Bob Bennett (R) in Utah, "split the Republican electorate in two" in the Florida Senate race, forced Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to "reverse course on life-long political