From NBC's Mark Murray
As the Republican Party and establishment conservative groups court and co-opt the Tea Party's message and grassroots energy, one risk is that they get identified with some of the Tea Party's more impolitic statements and protests.
Here's one example from KLEW-TV in Idaho that a Democrat forwarded to First Read:
They say it's all about traditional values and pushing back against the government.
And there were some strong words spoken at Saturday's Tea Party in Asotin [WA].
"How many of you have watched the movie Lonesome Dove?," asked one speaker from the podium. "What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd? What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd. He got hung. And that's what I want to do with Patty Murray."