What’s left of the adults in the Republican Party don’t like the Tea Party, but they’re terrified of it.
The problem is that they’re outnumbered by the children, who are throwing another tantrum. It’s as if in the late 60s the Democrats elected 35 or 40 members of SDS, the Students for a Democratic Society, to the House. The SDS caucus would have been a radical fringe group, uncompromising, with no interest in governing or loyalty to the Democratic Party. Likewise the Tea Party is hellbent on undoing President Obama’s greatest achievement, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
To achieve this they’re willing to shut down the government unless they get their way. They won’t, of course. Obamacare will be implemented, and as it evolves it will achieve the status that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid have. The Republicans also screamed about those laws as they were passed.
So the question is: Will the Republicans allow these extremists to damage the country, shut down the government and do perhaps lasting damage to a once-great political party? The next few weeks will tell the tale. It would be extremely entertaining, if it weren’t so scary and dangerous.