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Daily Fix Poll: The Republican Party and the Glenn Beck rally



Attendees begin to gather ahead of tomorrow's "Restoring Honor" rally featuring Glenn Beck. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

By Felicia Sonmez

Tomorrow's Glenn Beck rally, like the "tea party" movement as a whole, poses a tricky dilemma for the Republican Party.

The event, which will also feature former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and has estimated crowd sizes ranging from 20,000 to 100,000, is the biggest opportunity yet for the nascent movement to demonstrate its size and power. If activists turn up in the numbers anticipated by organizers, it could send a powerful message to Washington lawmakers that the conservative grassroots are fired up ahead of the midterms.

But the rally holds some danger for Republican candidates this fall. Beck is a divisive figure even within the GOP, and he has made no shortage of controversial comments. In addition, Beck has taken heat from civil rights leaders and others for holding his rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. And similar rallies in the past, such as last year's "9/12" march, have brought out some of the more extreme elements of the tea party.

How should Republican candidates approach tomorrow's rally? Give us your thoughts below.

By Felicia Sonmez  | August 27, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Daily Fix Poll  
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