(CNN) – Editor’s note: CNN does not mention it, but the presence of Sarah Palin demonstrates how the establishment has taken over the Tea Party.
Sarah Palin and Ron Paul are two darlings of the Tea Party movement, but their views on military spending could hardly be more different.
Palin, the former Republican vice presidential nominee, invokes the importance of a strong and robust military in speech after speech, while Paul, the libertarian Republican who rocketed to the national scene during the 2008 presidential race, has long argued for drastic cuts in defense spending.
It’s a schism that has long existed within the GOP’s fold – between hawkish conservatives and spend-weary Republicans – but one which the Tea Party movement’s diverse coalition and varied figure heads have specifically laid bare over the past year. Read entire article