If they continue to align with the tea partiers and other radicalized conservatives, the run the risk of tarnishing their brand even further. They have earned their stripes as the “Party that Doesn’t Care” all on their own and don’t need the help that violent and bigoted elements of the tea party movement appear to be offering.
The fear from the right, although not invited by Mr. Obama, could play well into the hands of the Democratic Party but it won’t bode well for him. Enough sympathy for congressmen who voted for health care could minimize any losses that the Democrats are expected to incur. That would not serve Mr. Obama well, however. It would only make him a bigger political target in 2012. Mr. Obama needs the cover of a big Democratic loss in November to increase his chances of surviving the 2012 elections.