The Tea Party platform is the most closely-aligned with the founding principles of our country than the republican platform, and definitely more than the democrat. It's not extremism to want a balanced budget, a smaller and less-intrusive govt that's transparent and held accountable, the protection of states' rights and personal freedoms, and lower taxes.People don't see that the extreme left and extreme right are tearing a hole in the middle.
While everyone is pointing left/right, the fox done robbed the hen house :(
There are many examples of what happens to republicans who reach across the aisle to work with the democrats, but the best one is GHW Bush. He let the dems convince him to raise taxes.
Afterward, they chewed him up and spit him out. He lost reelection because of it.
I don't recall who said it, but there's this little quote I try to keep in mind ... If you reach across the aisle to a democrat, you'll pull back a bloody stump.