On Thursday afternoon, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine said the tea party movement had done his rival party no good.
"The tea party movement is savaging the GOP," Kaine said at the 11th annual American Democracy Conference in Virginia. "It is something that we expect to see going forward."
To make his case, Kaine pointed to Sen. Arlen Specter's (D-Pa.) realignment with Democrats and the outcome of the special election in New York's 23rd district. The DNC Chairman suggested that Rep. Bill Owens' (D-N.Y.) victory in the race is a good indicator of what can be expected after future Republican primaries.
Kaine acknowledged that the "headwind" may be against his party in the 2010 midterm elections, but he argued that the wedge being driven in the GOP will ultimately prove to be catastrophic for its coalition.
"On the Republican side, we see a party that is narrowing geographically, narrowing ideologically and narrowing demographically," Kaine said. "There is a corrosive and consistent fight within the tea bag party."
Via Politico comes video of Kaine's speech.