After Chris Wallace points out that Marco Rubio if elected may be considered the first "Tea Party senator" and that he has Grover Norquist's stamp of approval for his stance on taxes, but reads an email from a Tea Party activist that says Rubio has refused to "be vetter" by their group.
Rubio responds by saying that the Tea Party movement "has been mischaracterized in the press as some sort of an organization" and says it's just a "broad based group of every day Americans from all walks of life" and that most of the people attending have never been involved in politics.
While that may be true of many of the people attending, it's the same cannot be said of the people organizing the group. I wonder if Rubio thinks Dick Armey and Tim Phillips have never been involved in politics before? These industry funded astroturf groups that are paying to drive these people around the country in buses are anything but grass roots or detached from the interests of the Republican Party. Since they're also supported by Fox News and their leader Glenn Beck, we're never going to see Chris Wallace point that out though.
As Digby noted, it seems the Republicans are now trying to kill the Frankenstein monster they created:
Karl Rove was instrumental in creating this monster. Now it's got a mind of its own.
It's hard to know how this will play out. The Tea Read more...
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has a perfectly good explanation for why he awkwardly reached for a water bottle during his Tuesday night response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address: It was a message from God.
Throughout Rubio's Read more...