Breitbart.com's "Big Journalism," throwing another little fit:
[I]f Romney won't fight for conservative principles, the Tea Party is going to start looking elsewhere--fast. No one wants to live through the frustration of October 2008 all over again. No one wants to watch another conservative capitulate to Obama.
Did not the tea party participate in the primaries? Did the primary process not render Mitt Romney the Republican nominee, fair and square? Has Mr. Romney not twisted himself into hideous contortions to placate and pacify the (admittedly insatiable) tea partiers?
And just what "conservative principles" is Breitbart referencing? Is one them its own chief, ahem, conservative principle--that of untethered, intoxicated frenzy over every moderate move President Obama makes?
Don't mistake. I'm delighted the tea party might well "look elsewhere." Would that they hie to the nearest, most pious, ideological nunnery. Indeed, I'm rather surprised and unambiguously disappointed they haven't already done so.
For me, the singular salvation of Mitt Romney's inevitability was that the tea partiers would break from the GOP in a final, futile gasp of horror and run a third-party candidate, wherever they could manage the state-by-state ballot process. But that alternative would have required of tea partiers a good deal less frothing extravagance and more organizing competence, virtually all of which they seem to have spent two years ago.
Alas. The party seems to be over.