Fiscal conservative is the new extremist!
Remember when being fiscally conservative was the marker for the moderate Republican while it was all those religious freaks taking over the party that was driving them away? Hmmm…someone even wrote a book about that I think. Well, the most consistent messages that come out of the tea party are a laser like focus on fiscal conservatism: lower taxes, less spending (a lot less) and shrinking of the scope of government. But, because they are protesting loudly and have a lot white faces, they are branded as extremist. As usual, the main purpose of the moderate Republican is to be used by the media to show that the GOP is being taken over by extremists, even if those supposed extremists fit squarely in the mainstream.