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E.J. Dionne: Candidates fight to stake grassroots claim

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The language commonly used to describe the battle going on inside the Republican Party is wrong and misleading. The fights this spring are not between "the grass roots" and "the establishment," but between two establishment factions spending vast sums to gain the upper hand. Their confrontation has little to do with the long-term philosophical direction of the GOP. Very rich ideological donors, along with tea party groups, have been moving the party steadily rightward. Political ...

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