As a conservative, I've always felt a natural identification with Republicans - they are, after all, the party of Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater et als. But after the fiasco over the debt deal, I'm starting to wonder if perhaps it is better to leave the party, and let them come to me for my vote.
Bush, McCain now McConnell and Boehner. These are not people with whom a conservative can identify. So is the Republican party the party of like minded people, people who believe in conservative values? Sure doesn't seem like it.
If forced to choose between the Tea Party and the Republican Party, nearly all would choose the Tea Party. People in the Tea Party are passionate about the belief that government is spending too much money, and the consequences will be disastrous. The Republican Party pays lip service to this idea.