Yesterday, in your Best of the Web column, you engaged in the following speculation:
Since the House is expected to stay under Republican control, Romney may actually turn out to be the one who has the skills to tame the Tea Party.Over my dead body.
The Tea Party is currently pulling Mitt, along with a number of U.S. Senate candidates, across the finish line. When Mitt wins, which he will, Mitt will owe us. We intend to collect.
One dirty little secret about the Tea Party is that we didn't arise in response to Barack Obama, we arose in response to TARP. To be sure, Obamacare resistance put us on the national radar, but we were around before that. The Tea Party cannot wait to hold a Republican President accountable.
I addressed this topic at length last month, but once we get into year two and three of President Mitt's administration, policy will take a major Tea Party shift. We'll probably pass Paul Ryan's budget in year one, but in year two we will come back and demand Congress pass Rand Paul's budget followed by the Uproot and Overhaul proposal from Rick Perry's Presidential campaign. Over the next decade, the Tea Party will follow Ted Kennedy's legislative strategy in reverse; take what you can get, then immediately ask for more.
In his speech at FreePAC Dallas July, Sen. Mike Lee pointed out that it took 15 years to get from the original Boston Tea Party to ratification of the Constitution. America's founders got the country where it needed to get, but it didn't happen overnight. This is a long-term fight, and the Tea Party is not going anywhere.
November 1, 2012