New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman says that the Tea Party getting the attention is not the real Tea Party, but merely a group of people letting off steam.
The real Tea Party is Americans stretching from centrist Democrats to centrist Republicans who are yearning for a leader who will put partisan politics aside.
These Americans know that debt and bloated government are "symptoms of a country in a state of incremental decline."
He says they want a leader with three characteristics:
First, a patriot: a leader who is more interested in fighting for his country than his party. Second, a leader who persuades Americans that he or she actually has a plan not just to cut taxes or pump stimulus, but to do something much larger to make America successful, thriving and respected again. And third, someone with the ability to lead in the face of uncertainty and not simply whine about how tough things are a leader who believes his job is not to read the polls but to change the polls.
His column can be found here.