Brit Hume explains the Tea Party strategy, for those who doubt they have one.
They see an American population becoming unrecognizable from the free
and self-reliant people they thought they knew. And they see the
Republican Party as having utterly failed to stop the drift toward an
unfree nation supervised by an overweening and bloated bureaucracy. They
are not interested in Republican policies that merely slow the growth
of this leviathan. They want to stop it and reverse it. And they want to
show their supporters they'll try anything to bring that about.
But while I do think the Tea Party is sometimes wrongheaded in its
theory of negotiation -- that staking out the most maximalist position
leads, more or less inevitably, to a better political resolution for the
side staking it out -- I do fault the Establishment for not re-calibrating its politics and realizing, The base is serious about these things.