It is really a stretch to say the conservative Tea Party movement has created a climate that contributed to the Saturday shootings in Tucson, Arizona.That word from Michael Lyons, professor of political science at Utah State University. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Lyons said crazy people are going to do crazy things and he does not know how much these people are influenced by anything external to their own fantasy world. Even so, Lyons says, the horrible incident could be problematic for the Republican party.”There are linkages in the minds of many voters,” Lyons said. “Certainly many Democrats have been suggesting that there are connections that somehow a climate conducive to violence has been created here. “The truth of the matter is there are many top leaders in the Republican party who have already voiced concern about Sarah Palin potentially heading the Republican ticket in 2012.”Lyons says mainstream Republican leaders have appeared to be supportive of the Tea Party movement but they are obviously advancing different goals.
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