Tea Party Alliances

The current alliance building between the Tea Party movement and the Republican Party bothers me.  Politicians by any other name are still politicians.  Politicians will use whatever means they must to gain office, or retain office; and, it appears to me that this is precisely what they are doing in their support for the Tea Party movement.  In this case it is the Republican Party trying to garner the support of the Tea Party movement.  Would it be any different were it the Democratic Party?  I doubt it.