The Tea Party movement (as its name implies) signaled the beginning of a mainstream conservative movement that viewed contemporary Democrats as more than just practitioners of liberal business as usual. In 2010, it helped sweep into Congress dozens of new members who believe, or at least professed, that American liberty is on the line.
Meanwhile, the House is poised to elect Paul Ryan its Speaker. Ryan is an ardent supporter of amnesty-style immigration reform. To him, it’s a matter of religious conviction. In addition, Ryan probably yearns to strike a grand budget deal with the Democrats. For him, such work is far more fulfilling that saying “no” to Democrats. Republican voters seem to agree that the Age of Obama is not a normal political period. That’s why four of the five top-polling GOP presidential candidates either have never held political office or (in the case of Ted Cruz) have held it only briefly and used it to hurl bombs.