But here's a question I didn't ask: If you're a Republican, what alternatives do you have? There aren't many Republicans making good policy suggestions, but you don't just want to fold. Ted Cruz is offering an alternative, and he's one of the few doing it. At least that's what Bernstein writes.
There is something to this argument. However, a big reason that there aren't more Republicans making suggestions is that either:
- The GOP have pretty much run dry on ideas.
- Republicans with ideas are staying mum because they don't want to draw the attention and ire of the very vengeful Tea Party.
- (Holding place for other possibilities. I'm sure there are others that I can't think of.)
Extra. The Economist is kinder. They compare the Tea Party to the Students for a Democratic Society or Joe McCarthy. The author wants to compare them to some unnamed totalitarians (Stalin, anybody?), but doesn't want to
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