Here’s my question: when will the Tea Party show the courage of its convictions and become a real party? They don’t even call themselves Republicans, they just ride along on the apparatus of a major political party like parasites, little bugs nibbling at the ears of the GOP. Or, more aptly, the bowels. “Nasty piece of work” describes many of them, and their current push to make the Senate as toxic as the House demonstrates their lust for crippling government. Oh, I never thought I’d live to see this madness, but ultimately it’s up to us, the voters. If we do nothing, we cannot complain about the taste once the poison is in our mouths.
WASHINGTON — The primary victory of a Tea Party-blessed candidate in Indiana illustrates how closely Republican hopes for a majority in the Senate are tied to candidates who pledge to infuse the chamber with the deep-seated conservatism that has been the hallmark of the House since the Republicans gained control in 2010.
Richard E. Mourdock, who last week defeated Senator Richard G. Lugar, a six-term incumbent, promises to bring an uncompromising ideology to Capitol Hill if he prevails in November. And he is not the only Senate candidate who contends that Senate Republicans are badly in need of new blood.
In Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas, Republican Senate candidates are vying for the mantle of Tea Party outsider. A number of them say that they would seek to press an agenda that is generally to the right of the minority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and that they would demand a deeper policy role for the Senate’s growing circle of staunch conservatives.