Who in the supposed Republican establishment has opposed the Tea Party?
Not Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. “If I weren’t chair of the RNC, I’d be out there in the Tea Party movement,” he told Greta van Susteren.
Not House Republican leader John Boehner. “There really is no difference between what Republicans believe in and what the Tea Party activists believe in,” he told radio host Mike Gallagher.
Not Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Since his favored candidate lost the Kentucky Senate primary to the Tea Party’s Rand Paul, McConnell has routinely hurled around Tea Party terms such as “government takeover” and has reveled in blocking President Obama’s agenda. “I wish we had been able to obstruct more,” he said.
Not National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn. The Texas senator, swallowing earlier misgivings, just sent O’Donnell a check from the party for $42,000.
Not even Karl Rove. After O’Donnell’s victory, George W. Bush’s “brain” declared on Fox News that “this is not a race we’re going to be able to win,” citing the “nutty things” she has said. (The nominee has claimed, among other things, that there are mice with human brains.) But after hearing complaints from Tea Party types such as Sarah Palin, Rove returned to Fox News to say that O’Donnell is “not out of the game” and that he was “one of the first” to endorse her.
As establishment Republican leaders have done their best to get out in front of the movement, in what is truly a transparent grasp at remaining in power in D.C., the Tea Party movement itself has begun to have its motivations not only questioned, but sullied as the Republican Party’s “politics as usual.” To be sure, for those of us that have found a renewed political and philosophical energy in supporting what has been an exciting ground-up movement searching for a return to more constitutional, freedom-across-the-board-based values at the federal level, it is frustrating to see how easily the Left can simply call us clones of Bush supporters and minions of Rove…