Norman Ornstein (above) is no political ideologue. He’s a resident scholar of the American Enterprise Institute and a political scientist with a reputation for centrism.


Ornstein offers a characteristically measured analysis of this year’s Republican congressional primary elections. He notes, for example, that despite House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss the other day, “the batting average for ‘establishment’ Republicans this year will still be over .900.”


But perhaps the best part of Ornstein’s LATEST ESSAY on these matters is where he offers a spot-on definition of a certain insurgent movement:


The tea-party movement is not a Republican movement, or a conservative movement. It is radical, anti-institutional, anti-leadership, anti-government. It is driven by suspicion of the motives and actions of all leaders, including those in the Republican Party.


Norman Ornstein (above) is no political ideologue. He’s a resident scholar of the American Enterprise Institute and a political scientist with a reputation for centrism.

Ornstein offers a characteristically measured analysis of this year’s Republican congressional primary elections. He notes, for example, that despite House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss the other day, “the batting average for ‘establishment’ Republicans this year will still be over .900.”

But perhaps the best part of Ornstein’s LATEST ESSAY on these matters is where he offers a spot-on definition of a certain insurgent movement:

The tea-party movement is not a Republican movement, or a conservative movement. It is radical, anti-institutional, anti-leadership, anti-government. It is driven by suspicion of the motives and actions of all leaders, including those in the Republican Party.