The quickest path to a return to health for the party is a political divorce.
The Tea Party activists need to make it official and petition to form their own political party. Heritage Action, the Senate Conservative Fund and right-wing talk radio can lead the Tea Party faithful to the exit.
That will liberate Tea Party politicians from the mainstream GOP’s willingness to make political deals with Democrats. And it will allow far right conservatives to form their own agenda and elevate their own leaders. Instead of undercutting mainstream Republicans, Sen. Ted Cruz can claim the mantle of the leader of the new party.
The Tea-Party-affiliated House Freedom Caucus, which has featured prominently in the recent turmoil over selecting a replacement for Speaker Boehner, currently has 42 members. The smaller but heavily overlapping House Liberty Caucus, lead by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), currently has 36 members. A loss of 30 Representatives would leave the Republican Conference without the 218 needed for a majority in the House.
Thanks to Ballot Access News for the link.