MIAMI (AP) — This wasn't the revolution the tea party had in mind.
Four years ago, the movement and its potent mix of anger and populism persuaded thousands of costumed and sign-waving conservatives to protest the ballooning deficit and President Obama's health care law. It swept a crop of no-compromise lawmakers into Congress and governor's offices and transformed political up-and-comers, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, into household names.
But as many tea party stars seek re-election next year and Rubio considers a 2016 presidential run, conservative activists are finding themselves at a crossroads. Many of their standard-bearers have embraced more moderate positions on bedrock issues such as immigration and health care, broadening their appeal in swing states but dampening grass-roots passion.
"They keep sticking their finger in the eyes of the guys who got them elected," said Ralph King, a co-founder of the Cleveland Tea Party Patriots. "A lot of people are feeling betrayed."
Tea party plans to abandon GOP stars
It's called politricks. A candidate talks a good game but once in office....
Some democrat office holders in my area are switching from democrat to republican obviously in a gamble to ride the wave of popularity right into a bigger better office.
I'm so tired of politics and politicians. An honest, up-front politician would be such a breath of fresh air. Then again, one such as that probably wouldn't get elected.
If and when a "honest" politician is elected I'm sure it doesn't take long for them to realize they can't work the system the system works them. As I see it if a politician attempts to do something that they believe is good and it doesn't appeal to the master plan, what ever that is, other politicians just throw up as many road blocks as they can and it's a lost effort. To hell with what the people want. It's what the politicians want. I don't think enough new politicians could be elected fast enough to change a system that is so far out of balance.
Groucho Marx exclusionary principle.
The system doesn't allow for such a thing as an honest politician. If such a person existed he wouldn't want to be party to it.
Hey, now I wonder if Groucho was working in a quarry in view of Ayn's writing room.
I'd just like to see some in Congress who do their damn job. Where's the budget?