Time to rethink the "Tea Party." It's not a reactionary part of the Republican party. It's a whole new better way to do things.
It reminds me of the story of the "Butterfly" stroke in swimming. Now one of the four main strokes in Olympic events, it evolved from the breaststroke in the 1930s.
Swimmers studied the breaststroke, looking for ways to improve it. They came up with the butterfly, and at first swimmers using the new style were disqualified. But within 20 years, the butterfly had become its own event at the Olympics. The old breaststroke is still there, but not as fast as the butterfly.
(Everybody loves those big, swooping arm motions, you know).
Democrats drool at the thought of the Tea Party breaking apart the Republicans. What if it makes them faster and better instead?
Then the Democrats will be left to flounder.