From Richard Viguerie, cited at Samizdata
Some have asked how the Tea Party movement hopes to pressure Republican leaders or influence the party. That's the wrong way to look at it. The goal is not to pressure Republican leaders but to become the Republican leaders. The goal is not to influence the party but to become the party.
If you want a job done right, you've got to do it yourself. Don't put your trust in the pantywaists who led the party into defeat in 2006.