The GOP has itself a lil problema with the Tea Party. A new Quinnipiac poll, just out, shows that while most Tea Partiers identify with the Republican Party, they don’t necessarily support Republican incumbents.
“While voters say 44 – 39 percent that they will vote for a Republican over a Democratic candidate in this November’s Congressional elections, if there is a Tea Party candidate on the ballot, the Democrat would get 36 percent to the Republican’s 25 percent, with 15 percent for the Tea Party candidate, the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds.”
“The Tea Party could be a Republican dream – or a GOP nightmare. Members could be a boon to the GOP if they are energized to support Republican candidates. But if the Tea Party were to run its own candidates for office, any votes its candidate received would to a very great extent be coming from the GOP column”
So the GOP wants to tap the energy of the Tea Party but they’re wary – and they should be. There’s a great analogy out there for the situation in which they find themselves. Wish I could think of it.