(Via The Shark Tank) And frankly, he makes a lot of sense (video and transcript below the fold):
Why do we need something in addition to the steering committee?…My concern is that politicians all of a sudden start co-opting the mantle of "Tea Party". If all of a sudden being in the Tea Party is not something that is happening in Main Street, but rather something that’s happening in Washington D.C., the "Tea Party" all of a sudden becomes some sort of movement run by politicians…it's gonna lose its effectiveness and I’m concerned about that. I think that the real power of the Tea Party comes from its ability to drive the debate and the issues from the grassroots up, as opposed to from the politicians down.
I have to agree with him. I personally thought the whole thing was a non-issue to begin with and I have been waiting for Marco Rubio to come out and say something to see what he thought. Senator Rubio is right, why do we need a Tea Party Caucus when we already have a Conservative Steering Committee in the Senate?
Thank you Sen. Marco Rubio, for keeping the Tea Party on mainstreet and not headed in Washington DC.