Congressman Alan Grayson is a Democrat. He recently sent out a fundraiser equating the Tea Party with the KKK.
This is good news. When a politician goes looking for someone to demonize, in order to raise funds, he searches for the hard core. Conservatives used to scare donors with the words “Teddy Kennedy.” Liberals used the words “Jesse Helms.” But with the departure of those iconic figures, fundraising has become more difficult.
With Congressman Grayson targeting a group rather than an individual, he is helping to elevate the Tea Party into negative icon status. This will help create name identification.
Senator Cruz may make it as a replacement for Senator Helms. His filibuster against ObamaCare surely gave him front-runner status in the Helms-replacement sweepstakes. The position has been open for a decade.