Brit Hume: Tea Party Arose from GOP Establishment Failure to Restrain Govt. Spending

Fox News political analyst Brit Hume conceded that Republicans that grew the federal government while they were in power the last decade may have ultimately been responsible for the recent standoff over the budget because their actions helped create the Tea Party that now stands fiercely opposed to their goals.

On Monday’s Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News, Hume lamented that “veteran political observers on both the left and right are still trying to figure out what the House Tea Party caucus” and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) were thinking “when they insisted on using the threat of a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare.”

Hume, along with those like Charles Krauthammer and George Will in the veteran punditocracy, has fiercely criticized Cruz during the fight to defund Obamacare. And he acknowledged that though “in conventional terms, it seems inexplicable,” Cruz “and his adherents do not view things in conventional terms.”

“They look back over the past half-century, including the supposedly golden era of Ronald Reagan, and see the uninterrupted forward march of the American left,” Hume said, without acknowledging that Reagan fought the establishment from the time he endorsed Barry Goldwater’s candidacy for president in 1964 and challenged the establishment in 1976 and 1980, ultimately triumphing.

That is the fight those like Cruz, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are continuing today.


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