From Pwire/ John Avlon, after Iowa:
“The most ominous sign for the GOP might be the low turnout in Iowa after the Tea Party-driven enthusiasms of 2010. Roughly 123,000 of 640,000 registered Republicans in the state turned out to vote, along the lines of 2008, when dueling Democrats absorbed most of the electoral energy.”
So let’s consider the track record here.. The Tea Party overwhelmingly won the 2010 midterms and gained some 80 seats in the House of Representatives.
The result? They drove the country into a downgrade, they opposed a tax cut for 160 million people, and they have deeply divided the right into a moderate-conservative and an extreme far right bloc – perhaps even handing the 2012 general election to the other side.
So this has not been very skillful politics on the part of Matt Kibbe and the Tea Party.. And this is why this mindless opposition and arbitrary “consistency” doesn’t work in practice.
Pragmatism and compromise works better.