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Tom Brokaw: Regardless of Who Wins This Election, Insurgent Tea Party Is 'Not Going To Go Away

"However large or small, their success is in this election, they have found their purpose in life."

Given the clearly partisan nature of the president's re-election campaign (i.e. pitting financial brackets against each other, the sniping comments, the mudslinging, etc.) and the fact that the race is neck-and-neck, will President Obama be able to govern effectively (if at all) if he wins the election by a small margin? That is, if President Obama wins a second term, but only narrowly and only after burning many, many bridges, will he be able to get anything done?

NBC News’ Tom Brokaw doesn’t seem to think so. In fact, Brokaw believes the president would need to win by a large margin in order to have the type of support necessary to accomplish, well, anything.

Moreover, unlike in 2004 when George W. Bush, though an "embattled incumbent," was able to garner enough support to continue pushing this his agenda, there’s a certain group dedicated solely to opposing the expansion of "big government": The Tea Party.

MSNBC host Steve Kornacki asked Brokaw whether it would be possible for President Obama to govern effectively if he wins by a slim margin.

“That would surprise me,” Brokaw replied. “Here’s what I do know: the Tea Party is not going to go away.”

“I’ve been talking to them. It’s an insurgency – and they’re going to continue,” Brokaw added. “However large or small, their success is in this election, they have found their purpose in life.”

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(H/T: Mediaite). All photos courtesy the AP.

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