Republicans Vs. Tea Party: Round 1
The insider sniping started immediately after the election as Republican insiders have been quoted as blaming South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint and the Tea Party for preventing a Republican takeover of the Senate. But that will be nothing compared to the potential fight over the #4 spot in the House Republican caucus.
House Republicans look like they’ve largely been spared any uncomfortable leadership races as they cruise into their robust new majority, except for one little speed bump: Michele Bachmann.
The often fiery and always unpredictable Bachmann, a tea party favorite, is trying to make a contest out of the battle for the Republican Conference chairmanship, a job that is critical for setting the party’s message and is seen as a steppingstone to higher leadership positions.