One Fox News host seems to think poking fun at Sarah Palin is the equivalent of mocking the entire Tea Party movement.
In a newly unearthed video, Reid is shown at a campaign event mocking Palin, who recently traveled to his home state of Nevada to fire up thousands of anti-Democratic Tea Partiers salivating at the thought of ending the Democratic leader's tenure this November.
"I was going to give a few remarks on the people who were here a week ago Saturday but I couldn't write it all on my hand," he said, as the crowd laughed and applauded. "You betcha."
The quip was a clear reference to Palin's appearance at the movement's first major convention in February, where she was caught reading crib-notes from her palm during the Q&A session.
On Tuesday morning, Fox News host Steve Doocey suggested Reid was belittling the whole Tea Party movement with that remark.
"Democrats have got to be careful about how they demonize and try to marginalize the Tea Partiers," he warned, referencing a new Gallup poll that found ideological and partisan splits within the movement. "A majority of Tea Party supporters are not Republicans," Doocey said.
The survey, released yesterday, concluded that only 49 percent of Tea Partiers identify themselves as Republicans, while 43 percent are independents and 8 percent Democrats.
Palin may be a trusted voice of the Tea Party crowd, but Doocey's equivalence rings false for a self-proclaimed bottom-up movement with no defining leader.
Glenn Beck, appearing on the same broadcast, claimed the Democratic strategy was to "play right to their extreme base" and called them the "radical progressive party."
Defending his seat in a perilous climate for Democrats, the chief Democrat in the senate has stepped up his attacks on Republicans in public appearances and press statements.
Reid's re-election seems anything but a sure bet as one poll last month found him trailing three potential Republican opponents.
This video is from Fox News' GretaWire, broadcast April 5, 2010.
This video is from Fox News' Fox & Friends, broadcast April 6, 2010.