In response to your Dec. 6 editorial ("Bringing GOP back into U.S. mainstream") in which you describe members of the tea party as "dangerously confrontational," it would be fair to point out that others are equally rigid. These conservatives are no more flexible than Democrats including President Obama, who is also "persistently unmanageable" on the same fiscal issues. It takes two to make a standoff.

Mainstream thinkers in both parties created the huge deficit that is a real threat to all of us.

Sam Stewart