Nanny Pelosi, while a crazy leftist, is not stupid. At least when it comes to political strategy. She has been planning her far left agenda for quite some time. She was methodical in getting the majorities that she now enjoys. Her first job was increase the numbers in 2002. That set up the democrats regaining control in 2004. One of the ways that she did this was to pay attention to the needs of the individual districts. She paid attention to what the voters felt comfortable with. Out came the blue dogs.
In 08 when the democrats had a filibuster proof majority and the presidency she pushed her far left agenda. While they were not able to get through everything on their wish list, they got health care, financial reform, and porkulus. Not everything they wished for, but enough. More than enough from my point of view. My point being that she worked over several years to get her majority where she needed it to be in order to get her agenda passed. When the tough votes were needed, she held her majority together, by hook or by crook.
This is what the tea party may be missing. The Tea Party is putting forth candidates that in some cases are a little out of the mainstream within certain districts. The Tea Party is having a very good effect in more republican strongholds, but that luck is not spreading to more democrat areas.
The Tea Party has spent a great deal of time going after the likes of Scott Brown on different occasions. Many are forgetting that Brown is being the senator that the majority of his voters want. He is polling higher than both Senator Kerry and President Obama.
The reality is we will not ever have 435 Michele Bachmans in the house and 100 Jim DeMints in the senate as good as they may sound to conservatives. What we need to work on is getting the numbers. Once you have the numbers you get a strong conservative leader in place and hold the majority together. A perfect example of what I am talking about is the California senate race. Chuck DeVore was the better conservative candidate, but Carly is the one that has the chance of giving "Call Me Senator" Boxer her long overdue pink slip. You then have a strong leader in the Senate to keep Carly in line.
By trying to force a district/state further right than they are comfortable in going you lose. Pelosi has proven you can get what you want by playing the numbers game. The Tea Party would be wise to take her lead.