Something has been gnawing at me for a while and others have vocalized it, too.
Several years ago while I was still a member of the 6th Republican Congressional District committee, a tea partier from Harrisonburg was carrying a proxy to the meeting. As we talked before it started, he said to me, “We need to go after those Republicans.” I looked at him incredulously and asked, “Don’t you think we need to go after the Democrats?”
At tea party meetings they were telling membership that they needed to take over the local Republican committees. The party had been welcoming to all who wanted to join but the real intention to “take over” was not known.
So the question that has gnawed at me for several years: Why did the tea party (and libertarians) decide to take over the Republican Party instead of the Democratic Party whose policies they were supposedly against? The damage they have inflicted has weakened the party from within causing increasing losses to Democrats. Who exactly are these people, and why are they empowering Democrats while weakening Republicans?
See also The Republican Hunger Games.