As opposed to purist elitists who are too stupid to listen to anyone but themselves and their fellow Ivory Tower dwellers? Denigrating and marginalizing the Tea Party bit the GOP in the butt. This election was a failure of RNC leadership. Ad campaigns focusing on the destructive impact of Obama's decision should have started in the key states January 21, 2009 but the RNC is too afraid of being called names. There is a difference between playing to win and playing to prove you are the smartest person in the room. RNC establishment does not have the ability to check it's ego at the door and it cost them a winnable election.