The tea party is so over. Too many Republicans were embarrassed and wounded in the 2012 election. Now they're deliberately sidelining the extremists.
Republicans with national ambitions — Jindal, McDonnell, New Jersey’s Chris Christie — are moderating their images and views in ways that keep pace with the electorate.
That electorate punished some of the party’s more incendiary elements in November — Missouri’s Todd Akin, Indiana’s Richard Mourdock, Florida’s Allen West — and now many of those same people are voting with their remotes. Fox News apparently decided that it was no longer worth paying Palin to give televised warnings of the catastrophic effects of President Obama’s “socialist” policies.
Demagoguery works well in bad times, but it’s harder to stoke fear and anger when the stock market is at a five-year high and the private sector has been adding jobs for nearly three years. ...Dana Milbank, WaPo
Damn the return of prosperity. Damn that Obama! Damn those Democrats! Now what's a Limbaugh to do!
More good news comes from the House, where most declined to join Limbaugh in his “amnesty” rant. ...Milbank, WaPo