Tea party thrown under GOP bus

When an energized tea party tapped Republican candidates as their standard-bearers in 2010, it expected the politicians to be responsive to their demands.
On at least one of those demands, the tea party is looking up at the undercarriage of the GOP bus.
Tea party enthusiasts did not agree on everything, but they did agree that special interests had become too powerful in politics. They resented that a government of the people had become a tool of the highest bidders.
A speech last week by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was a reminder of how completely the system has coopted the tea-party power.
McConnell did not simply push for unlimited corporate funding of political campaigns, he said the contributors have a right to complete anonymity. He complained that a Democratic measure requiring disclosure of contributors would expose them “to harassment and intimidation.”
The Republican Party owes its power largely to the tea party. Rather than advancing the tea party agenda of limiting the corrupting influence of money in government, McConnell is trying to gift wrap the keys to Washington for special interests.
As divided as Americans are on many issues, they are united in their desire to return the power of government to the people.


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