Democrats delighted in her address. Many of them say it reflects an ongoing power struggle between Tea Party activists and GOP standard bearers over the direction of the party.
“It was a very nice dream for the Democrats because it shows disunity within the Republican Party,” Democratic strategist Peter Fenn said Wednesday.
In their reactions to the speech, many Republicans sought to downplay any suggestion that the congresswoman is stoking an intraparty squabble.
“A lot of people are reading too much into this, though because it’s on the national stage I can understand some peoples’ reservation,” Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist and chairman of the conservative CivicForumPac, said Wednesday. “The Tea Party is saying, ‘We are beyond the traditional two parties.’ “