I do agree with Star Parker. The Republican establishment is terrified of the TEA Party because it threatens their place at the DC trough. They would much rather talk a good game and lose as "Democrats Lite" than win as the real party of limited government.
I was a quote the other day:
"Most conservatives know when they come to Washington that it is a sewer; the trouble is, too many of them wind up treating it like a hot tub."
M. Stanton Evans
That pretty much sums up the Republican establishment.