Ah yes, once again, it's election time and the Republican party is mad at the Tea Party again. Those silly people think that they can field their candidates and just expect us to help them. If that last sentence made you wonder which party I was intending in either part of the sentence, I think you actually understand.
For those of you only watching the network news (can't really call them mainstream as they aren't), the Tea in Tea Party stands for Taxed Enough Already. Continuing to talk to these network news watchers, the Tea Party consists of the most diverse cross section of people that exists in politics.
The allure of the Tea Party is partially the simplicity of it. They believe that government should operate within the revenue that it already has before adding more taxes onto it. A secondary goal would be to reduce the amount of money that is required to keep government running, ah, if only. The simplicity of this argument goes across all demographics. You don't have to be rich or poor, gay or straight, black or white, Republican or Democrat to benefit from smaller government.
So when the Tea Party started to get movement, people in the Republican party wanted to leverage what the Tea party was doing. I was in a couple meetings where the attitude was 'hey, they're great, if only they'd do the work for us'. That's kind of like, noticing that your neighbor is good at making their mortgage payments, so why not try to convince them to make yours too.
So the established party and candidates tried to get the Tea Party to do what they wanted, irrespective of understanding what they were about. Shocker, the Tea Party figured out that they could sponsor and run candidates in elections too. The Republicans then think that they have been stabbed in the back.
I supposed if they wanted to, the Tea Party could run candidates in the Democrat primaries.