Why the Tea Party is taking the US to the brink

The aggressive posturing from Tea Party Republicans is part of a long ideological war targeted against any advocate of 'big government' – even their own party colleagues.

Last month Greg Walden, chairman of the National Republican Congressional committee, met with party donors at the trendy Le Cirque restaurant in midtown Manhattan. Those gathered wanted to know why the party seemed captive to the far right wing Tea Party faction of the Republican movement?

“Because the Tea Party will make sure that Republicans lose their primary (contests),” he told the group.

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