The pundits who in 2012 predicted tea partiers would claim Mitt Romney lost because he wasn’t conservative enough have been proven correct. I think this signals that tea partiers are positioning themselves to take over the GOP. The Tea Party is indeed the Frankenstein’s monster of Karl Rove and Dick Armey. They didn’t create it but infused it with a criminal but malleable brain. Now, despite a lot of evidence to the contrary, tea partiers feel Almighty empowered and invulnerable, exactly the way Walter White felt after he blew up Gus Fring.
At first it puzzled me why the Arizona GOP Party was firing the first Tea Party salvo at John McCain, who isn’t up for reelection until 2016. I think their strategy is to let him know that if he doesn’t fall into line and goosestep with the rest of them, he’s a lame duck. But while they’re patting each other on their shoulders for their assertiveness and take-no-prisoners approach to partisan politics, they might just have reawakened the sleeping maverick in McCain. If he decides that he doesn’t like to be dictated to by the likes of pipsqueaks who weren’t even born when he was in a Vietnam POW camp he’s gonna start sending messages “See how lame THIS duck is” by once again voting his conscience and not the directives handed down on high from the likes of Karl Rove and the Kochs or their agents—who have been the only GOPers McCain does answer to.
The Tea Party occupies a small tract of land at the very fringe of politics but still they believe that they can seize control of the GOP. That’s like Maine thinking it can overthrow the federal government and set up the United State of Maine. The Arizona GOP Party division of the Tea Party is gearing up for a fight with the GOP hierarchy as to who will control the party come 2016. The tea partiers will come armed with exaggerated feelings of supremacy and destiny, the GOP hierarchy will come armed with money boys ready to park north of $600 million, ruthless veteran strategists, Fox , and what they consider their own “mainstream” Republican candidates to primary and beat these upstart whippersnappers. I think it’s possible that we may be able to sit back, watch, and enjoy the GOP Civil War, coming to an internet and TV near you.
But a word to the wise to the Tea Party: Never bite the hand that feeds you. You’ll wind up with a mouthful of missing teeth.