1 - 3
Guy-Finding thoughts "troubling" is liberal-speak. Maybe you're spending too much time in Washington.
A rule that was left out of the column: Don't primary our national incumbents except in safe red states. ANY squishy Republican in Congress is vastly preferrable to adding an additional vote to Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid's caucus.
Both the Republican Establishment and the Tea Party have their own natural vulnerabilities and weaknesses. The establishment types get too caught up in their own self-importance and the creature comforts of being well-compensated Washington insiders (see, Republican class of 1994). That's human nature. The Tea Party lets its enthusiasm and political inexperience lead it to rash decisions (see, Christine O'Donnell, Richard Mourdock, and the Defund Obamacare government shutdown). That's human nature, too. Each side needs the other, e.g., the Republicans don't win the House in 2010 without the Tea Party, and the Tea Party gets much less of what it wants with Harry Reid running the Senate than it would if Mitch McConnell were running the Senate. For either side to talk nastily about the other is pointless and counter-productive. The Democrats are the real opponent that must be defeated. That has to be the top priority.
1 - 3