Are the Tea-Partiers Really Poised to Turn on the GOP?

Digby aimai and Steve Benen are saying, "Pass the popcorn," but I'm pessimistic about the apparent sabotage of the GOP by its own zealots:


Tea partiers turn on GOP leadership

...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."

"We're not a partisan organization, and I think many Republicans are disappointed we are not," added Armey, a former GOP congressman....

Well, that last statement is a crock. Of course Armey's organization is partisan. It just wants the GOP to be more GOP than it is now.

And it'll get its way.

See, as long as there's a need for a 60-vote supermajority in the Senate to pass any legislation in D.C., and as long as all non-Maine Republican senators hang together on just about every vote of consequence, and as long as they're routinely joined by Stockholm-syndrome Blue Dog Democrats, the Republicans have incredible amounts of slack. They don't really need to worry about pursuing majority status. They just have to worry about not dropping below (or, given the reliability of the Blue Dogs, too far below) 40 in the Senate. Then they can still keep gumming up the works (and getting contributors' checks for gumming up the works) while writing the narratives --specifically, narratives that move the center on every discussion as far to the right as possible.

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