The Tea Party seems to be having some success unseating incumbents in the primaries. It's not earth shattering, but it's certainly respectable. I'm not entirely sure what I think about it. When I saw Santelli's rant about dumping derivatives in the Chicago River, I thought, "Oh, hell yes!" I rewatched it several times. But now there's a lot more baggage involved. Sarah Palin is out there anointing candidates. What the hell does she know about the derivatives market? I ask 10 different people what the Tea Party is now and get 11 different answers. I have the sneaking suspicion that this is the Right's version of Unspecified Hope and Change.
I have no problem with RINOs getting drummed out of office and since it's happening in the primaries there's a chance of real conservatives picking up the seats so that's nice, too. Even if these Tea Party candidates lose in the general election or win and just become slimeballs replacing slimeballs, conservatives aren't out much. But at the same, I get a little nervous about this type of campaigning. All this everyone-to-everything stuff and all of this talk of "outsiders" just makes me shake my head. John Ashcroft campaigned heavily as an outsider (and legitimately was one at the time). How long did that remain true?
I guess when it comes down to it, I like some of the actual candidates I'm seeing come out of this Tea Party business, but I'm not so sure what to think about the movement at this point.