The Tea Partiers who shouted down health care reform at Democratic town halls this summer are turning their arsenal on the Republican establishment, campaigning against annointed candidates they think are too soft on big government. They're backing challengers to party favorites in Senate races, including Florida Gov. Charlie Crist—who supported the stimulus and the bailout, and has appeared with President Obama—and Carly Fiorina in California.
They're also targeting House Republican incumbents in a handful of states, fronting challengers to punish them for supporting the bank bailout, TARP. “I think a lot of people have been angry at Republicans for betraying our trust,” the director of the National Taxpayers Union tells Politico, adding that TARP is “really kind of the flash point that started all of this.”