Rep. Michele Bachmann wants to create a Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives, an idea that STRIKES E.J. Dionne as something “that will make Democrats happy.”
A lot of Republicans would like the Tea Party to rally as many right-of-center voters to the polls as possible but not have to take any responsibility for the movement’s more radical stands or the unseemly rhetoric that issues from some of its supporters…
Bachmann’s move will make it harder for them to avoid the question of whether they are with the Tea party or against it. Those Republicans who do sign up could turn off more moderate voters. Those who don’t might have to worry about future primaries supported by the Tea Party.