An official statement from Richard Viguerie:
"All eight of the Republican candidates who appeared on the stage at the Ames, Iowa debate sounded like charter members of the Tea Party.
"To win the general election, we must first win the debate. When all eight Republican candidates take their lead from the Tea Party, we know the Tea Party has become the dominant force in Republican politics."
I think this shrieks for itself. And a very frightening shriek it is.
Since most Americans have an unfavorable view
of the Tea Party, Vigueries' pronouncement may be construed as good news for Democrats. Unfortunately, 2012 is shaping up to be not a race the Republicans will win but a race that Obama will lose.