Tea Party Activists Angry at G.O.P. Leaders By KATE ZERNIKE Published: January 1, 2011 *snip* Tea Party leaders scoffed at the Republicans greatest victory from the lame-duck session the extension of the Bush tax cuts as part of a compromise with the White House. Instead, Tea Party leaders complained that Republicans had abandoned a push for a full repeal of the estate tax. Mr. Phillips said the tax cuts were more accurately described as maintaining the status quo because the lower rates had been in place for several years. Despite its victories in November more than 40 candidates supported by the Tea Party were elected to the House and Senate the Tea Party lost battles for important leadership positions. Tea Party Patriots, for instance, had backed Representative Jack Kingston of Georgia to be chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Mr. Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin, also a co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, criticized Republicans for choosing Representative Harold Rogers of Kentucky instead, saying he was likely to continue the big-spending, pork-barrel ways that lost Republicans the majority four years ago. In an opinion article on Politico, the two also criticized Republican leaders for choosing Representative Fred Upton of Michigan to lead the Energy and Commerce Committee, saying the choice indicated they are not serious about expanding the nations energy-producing capability through expanded oil drilling and a relaxation of regulations on nuclear power and coal. *snip* Did I call it, or what?