Republicans the Tea Party Hates, Loves

John McCain, you are not Mr Popularity. Michael Steele, neither are you.
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2010 7:23 AM CDT
Republicans the Tea Party Hates, Loves
2008 GOP standard-bearer John McCain is the guy Tea Party leaders most often cited as biggest disappointment.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Republicans hoping to ride the Tea Party wave this year and beyond might end up soaked. Politico surveyed leaders of the movement nationally, and found that almost every single prominent Republican was on the Tea Party's bad list. The party whipping boy? 2008 GOP nominee John McCain, underscoring the disconnect between the two sides. Click through the gallery for also-rans.

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