The Republican central committee in Iowa fired the state party chairman and replaced him with a fixture of the establishment.
The bloodless coup was widely expected after forces loyal to Gov. Terry Branstad officially seized control of the party’s governing body from close allies of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at a state convention earlier this month.
Rand Paul, a Libertarian and tea party favorite, has apparently lost his grip on the Republican Party in Iowa.
Chad Olsen, who stepped down as the party’s executive director in May 2012 after Paul’s forces took control, will get his old job back.
No matter what you think of the tea party, this is good news for anyone who wants to see a Republican back in the White House.
It will be nearly impossible for a tea party candidate to receive enough electoral votes.
Far-right tea party candidates will continue to win seats in the House and possibly gain another Senate seat but never the White House.
Mitt Romney was a moderate Republican and he fell short in 2012. He would have lost in a landslide had he been as far right as the tea party.