When the Republican Party didn’t really know what the hell they were doing, the Tea Party used popular opinion to secure a number of legislative positions in D.C. and the states, along with some governors to fight the one man band of Barack Obama. And it was all about Obama. Democrats knew full well they would likely lose their jobs by voting for Obamacare and only hoped they could get a cushy retirement gig after they ruined health care.
Not much changed in 2011 and 2012 and that was a good thing. Imagine what Obama could have done with another year or two of an unstoppable Democrat majority.Republicans ran without much Tea Party help (probably due to them looking the other way on IRS witch hunts) and found they barely kept the gains from 2010. The good news is that the GOP has made more attempts to bring rogue candidates into the fold. For some, the bad news is that Tea Party candidates become Republicans.
Now, we have one man with a history more intimate with the Democratic Party than the Republicans is running in the only open party slot for a job where he will negotiate, rather than join, the Republican Party. In fact, if the GOP isn’t nice to him, he wants to ignore the results of the convention and run as a third party candidate. The people who called themselves Tea Party seem to see him as the hero they were too lazy to create.
Trump supporters are looking for the Alpha Tea Party leader. He has the strong beliefs of the Tea Party but doesn’t require the messy consensus of different opinions for legislative results. Weakening his presumed allies is just as good as denigrating his opponents. It’s okay because they are corrupt and the Alpha is incorruptible.
If today’s Tea Party were around in Colonial times, it seems like they’d be happy with a king as long as he promised tax cuts and closed borders.