Now, as the holiday season approaches, we should give thanks to the tea party for the blessings it has bestowed on our nation.
Thank you for forcing Mitt Romney so far to the right during the Republican primary that his subsequent back flips and contortions made him appear lacking any core values. Thank you for giving us a collection of candidates who were manifestly unqualified to be in the Senate or House.
Thank you for imposing on the Republican Party unyielding opposition to immigration reform, thereby delivering to Democrats a large and growing voter block; for denigrating gay and lesbian rights; for ridiculing the value of science and public education and turning the Republican Party into a club of old white folks assuring that most of the college-educated electorate and most under 30 voted blue; and for opposing a woman’s right to control her own body, giving President Obama his victory margin.
Tea party, you are truly the gift that keeps on giving and will provide a long-term Democratic majority in our country. Thank you.
Nevada City, Calif.