Can the GOP Make the Tea Party Work?
The GOP has been trying to court the Tea Party in their favor, hoping to tap into that populist rage (Republicans like populism now?) to win elections. Republicans have been marginalizing themselves in the last decade, pushing away anyone who might possibly dissent against titanium steel groupthink.
The GOP courting the Tea Party can backfire, though. While they might win the obstinate protesters, they might fall out of favor with moderates.
So the real question is: can the GOP polish a turd? Maybe…