Peggy Noonan on ABC: Tea Party Aims to ‘Topple’ GOP, Not Take it Over
by Evan McMurry | 2:28 pm, November 3rd, 2013
On Sunday’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan argued that the tea party was a new fixture in American politics, a movement that doesn’t want to usurp a major political party but eliminate it.
The comment came during a discussion of electoral forces going into the 2014 midterms, with former Bush consultant Matthew Dowd arguing that demographics were shifting in the Democratic Party’s favor.
“Candidates matter,” ABC News’ Jonathan Karl responded. “They’ve nominated far-right candidates.”
“Lesson for the tea party?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“A lot of people may be cruisin’ for a brusin’,” Noonan replied. “Big difference for the tea party now and say ’64 and Goldwater and ’76 and Reagan—’64 and ’76, Goldwater and Reagan both wanted to seize and control and win over the Republican Party. The tea party now shows signs of not wanting to win it, but of wanting to topple it over, wanting to do away with it. That is something new in our politics. It’s going to get fought out over the next few years.”
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