Christian Heinze

Christian Heinze

Big gamble: GOP presidential contenders tie their success to Congress

The Tea Party movement has been roundly credited with fueling the GOP’s wins this election, but there’s something even more remarkable the movement has accomplished.

By virtue of its unrelenting demand for purity, it has forced potential presidential candidates to deliver an ultimatum to the incoming Congress — walk the walk or the informal Tea Party will become the formal Tea Party.

In effect, the GOP presidential field is tying its very viability to how the incoming Congress behaves.