HolyCoast: Has the Tea Party Become the GOP Establishment?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Has the Tea Party Become the GOP Establishment?

I hope so, and George Will seems to think so:
Many have suggested there is a schism within the Republican Party between the tea-party wing and the so-called GOP establishment. Has the tea party taken over the Republican Party?

Sunday morning on ABC’s “This Week,” syndicated columnist George Will explained – as he has before – that there is no Republican establishment anymore. But this time he had a slightly different take.

“There is no Republican establishment,” Will said. “Its newspaper died, the Herald-Tribune in New York in 1966, and it died too … Google the Republican establishment and you’ll get 20 million hits. Google the Loch Ness monster and you’ll get a whole bunch. “

Then Will said something surprising.

“They are the establishment today if there is such a thing,” he declared. “The Republican establishment died at the Cow Palace in San Francisco in 1964 when Goldwater was nominated against their frenzied wishes.”
There is still a country club GOP set that thinks they control the party, and they're the ones most vocal in their opposition to the Tea Party. They're the people that gave us John McCain and hope to give us Mitt Romney this year. I think they're going to be disappointed.

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