This morning’s Politico attributes the death of centrism in the Republican party to the overwhelmingly insatiable demands of the far-right riffraff. The sans-culottes throngs certainly have pitched some pretty parades over the past few months, haven’t they? Heads have, metaphorically speaking, rolled and more are almost certain to take their place underneath the unforgiving guillotine. Yet, to insist that this was a movement spearheaded by the party itself would not be correct. This summer the GOP establishment tried to harness the energy of the rabble and found that it marched to no one’s orders but its own.
“I don’t give a crap about party,” said Jennifer Bernstone, a tea party organizer for Central New York 912, which helped to lead the anti-Scozzafava charge. “Grass-roots activists don’t care about party.”
Says Everett Wilkinson, a tea party organizer in Florida: “We are not going to allow our [movement] to be stolen by the GOP or by any political party.”