There is a reason so many Republican incumbents are donning the tea partiers’ patriot garb. As Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan writes: “The tea party saved the Republican Party. In a broad sense, the tea party rescued it from being the fat, unhappy, querulous creature it had become, a party that didn’t remember anymore why it existed, or what its historical purpose was. The tea party, with its energy and earnestness, restored the GOP to itself.” Not only did the tea partiers spare the GOP the grief of a third-party challenge, she continues, “It got the party out from under George W. Bush. The tea party rejected his administration’s spending, overreach and immigration proposals, among other items, and has become only too willing to say so.”
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