I think I've mentioned several times my belief that tea partiers are the biggest sore losers in modern American political history -- because if they really were so concerned about Big Government and deficit spending, they'd have spent the last eight years in the streets. The fact that they suddenly became concerned enough to protest, I thought, made them little more than shills for the GOP.
Whether it’s the loose confederation of Washington-oriented groups that have played an organizational role or the state-level activists who are channeling grass-roots anger into action back home, tea party forces are confronting the Republican establishment by backing insurgent conservatives and generating their own candidates — even if it means taking on GOP incumbents.
“We will be a headache for anyone who believes the Constitution of the United States … isn’t to be protected,” said Dick Armey, chairman of the anti-tax and limited government advocacy group FreedomWorks, which helped plan and promote the tea parties, town hall protests and the September ‘Taxpayer March’ in Washington. “If you can’t take it seriously, we will look for places of other employment for you.”
At first blush, this just looks like a new variation on the "Club for Growth" types like Pat Toomey who have chased moderates like Arlen Specter out of the Republican Party. These guys aren't my ideological cup of tea. But if they're willing to hold their own party to fiscal account -- instead of becoming deficit hawks only during Democratic administrations -- well, more power to them.