Writing in last Wednesday’s NYT, Thomas Friedman refines his argument that the “fringe festival” Tea Party overlooks the established political procedure of majority rule and sets a dangerous precedent–should President Obama give in to demands. He also suggests that Republicans are the ones who must stand up to the party insurrection–much as the Labour Party in Britain underwent changes after losses to Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, leading to Tony Blair.
Business lobbying groups are considering funding Republican challengers to Tea Party candidates to “counter the rise of an ideological brand of conservatism that…is more anti-establishment” portending a punishment to their powerful Congressional coalition.
Independents could benefit from the power vacuum (or not).
What is the Tea Party’s next move? What should Republican leaders do to regain control? Will this be the defining moment?