GOP regulars love the Tea Party when their ground troops are needed for Republican campaigns and candidates:
Like this guy in late 2012:
“We need a new leader, ladies and gentlemen,” former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson told the crowd during the Racine TEA Party Road to Recovery Rally.And this pro-Walker crew months earlier:
A Tea Party rally on Saturday drew a thousand or so to a field in Racine County to hear some of Wisconsin’s biggest Republican stars highlight the national importance of Tuesday’s recall election.Also, along those same lines:
Walker’s ground game played a big role in pulling off a win, as he became the first governor in US history to survive a recall election. And like the recent GOP primary victory of Richard Mourdock over veteran US Sen. Dick Lugarin nearby Indiana, that ground game is being pitched by cadres of grass-roots activists who identify to a large extent with the leaderless tea party movement.