His wrath against the Tea Party seem very out of place. First, because the Tea Party revolt happened so long ago, and nobody's talking about it as a present-day phenomenon. Second, because Tea Partiers shared a lot of the rage he had against the Bush administration. If Bartlett still were a dissident Republican or disgruntled conservative, he might recognize that, but by now he's just another Democrat or liberal.
He was a supply sider when he worked for Reagan, but evidently did not like the Bush tax cuts and approved of TARP. & the stimulus. I’m no x-pert, but it seems to me that we need reasonable tax rates and a simple tax plan with no favoritism for those that have the money to lobby the congress critters. That and a balanced budget. Otherwise, you’re always going to have these up and down cycles with the govt. trying to catch up and manipulate the economy back to where it should be, as opposed to having more moderate and steady economic growth based on productivity, innovation, technology, etc.
He explains his reasoning here: