On “Hardball,” Mark Halperin talks about how Republicans will face a big challenge of leadership from Tea Party candidates after the midterms.
“I think everybody’s focused on how’s the president going to react to the midterms. I think the Republican Party is in just as much danger, maybe more…They have a good chance to come to Washington. The question is what do they want to do. Do they want to get things done, solve the nations problems, or do they want to keep the Republican Part being a minority party and out of the White House? It’s going to be up to Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and the 2012 presidential candidates to say to that group and Republicans at large, ‘Okay, we did a good job. We put down some markers. Now how do we grow the party, move it more towards the center without sacrificing our principles?’ It can be done but it takes the kind of leadership that no Republican has shown this year.”