Why Leaderless Tea Parties Are Beating the GOP

Rasmussen reports that the Tea Party Movement, which percolated only months ago, is beating the Grand Old Party.That's amazing -- a nascent grassroots movement is more popular than a long-established political party -- and it's good news.Republican Party leaders should be embarrassed. Instead, the Republican establishment disdains this populist uprising. Rather than embracing this genuine movement, establishment politicians and consultants are calculating how to co-opt, sideline, or even defeat the newest phenomenon in politics: tea partiers.That would be arrogance, not leadership. It could be the downfall of Republican leaders, who have taken the Party of Reagan to the Party of No -- meaning No Ideas, No Leadership, and No Principles.What's driving the Tea Party phenomenon? Robert Stacy McCain writes at American Spectator about one tea partier, Rhonda Lee Welsch, who says, "'It's a systemic problem,' discussing the top-down approach of leaders in both parties who seem...(Read Full Article)

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