Why are Republicans staying home?
When the Tea Party loses its political fever, the GOP grows more uneasy. In a recent poll by a Republican pollster, Alex Patton found that registered Florida voters said the Tea Party did not represent their views. Independent voters look unfavorably on the Tea Party by 3 to 1. Thus, the GOP has a problem: If GOP candidates hug the Tea Party, they will lose; if the GOP candidates ignore the Tea Party, they also lose. (St Petersburg Times, June 26, p. 3B)