The Corner - National Review Online: "Cruz, who has been endorsed by National Review, told Wallace that his victory is a sign that the Tea Party still has momentum. He explained,
This is part of a tidal wave that began in 2010 and that tidal wave is only stronger in 2012. Those protests died down. I think the reason is the Tea Party went to work… [V]oters are tired of career politicians in both parties, I mean, our country is at a crisis point right now… The American people are looking for new leaders who will step up and stop spending money we don’t have.” "
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Can I just say that I find no fault in the Tea Party? To the contrary, I find that the tea party represents the best of American politics.
The Tea Party stands for basically two things: fiscal responsibility and constitutional government. And really those are one thing--because the constitution, as conceived, was supposed to enact a limited government.
Some people might criticize the tea party for being too strident, but I think these criticisms are completely misplaced. Sure, they should get the best result they can obtain with their limited power. I want them to be relevant. But compromise is overrated. How do you compromise when you think the government is moving in the wrong direction? You allow it to move in the wrong direction, but more slowly? Better I think to remain ideologically pure and find more converts than to compromise your principles and dilute the message.