GOP created its own monster in Tea Party - CNN.com
As the White House and Democrats chalked up success after success, their poll numbers sank. Independent voters ran away scared. Republican voters were just furious. And GOP congressional leaders basked in the brilliant simplicity and effectiveness of their newfound anti-government message. In fact, they honed it -- and harped on it -- at every opportunity. The storyline almost seemed too easy, just too good to be true.
As it turns out, it was.
Why? Because out of this angry, anti-government stew came a new broth, with plenty of disdain for all. And, lo and behold, the Tea Party renegades didn't look to Republicans as their saviors; they created their own. Sarah Palin went along for the ride claiming, of course, to be the movement's Mama Mentor. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina has made a special point of endorsing Tea Partiers against Senate incumbents, which makes him really popular back at the clubhouse. And former House GOP poobah Dick Armey even runs a Tea Party group, railing against his former colleagues.
And, lo and behold, the Tea Party renegades didn't look to Republicans as their saviors; they created their own
It is fratricide of the highest order. And it has been a sight to behold, as the uprising spawned several ugly GOP primaries, defeating enough Senate incumbents and serious candidates, such as Castle of Delaware, to all but guarantee the GOP can't win back the Senate.