Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh warned Republicans in Washington on Monday not to fight against the Tea Party, predicting that they would never succeed.

"The Tea Party is not a political party. It is a way of life, it's a body of thought. It is large, and it is real," he said. "And you can have all of the donors muscling the Republican Party to oppose the Tea Party all you want, you can attack the Tea Party the way left attacks Christmas, but you are not going to get rid of the body of thought that's represented by the Tea Party."

Limbaugh added that that the Tea Party was "misunderstood" by political figures inside the Beltway, which was part of the reason they continued to fight it.

He admitted that although the political establishment might embarrass or defeat Tea Party candidates in the upcoming elections, they would never go away.

"Keep in mind the Tea Party is a body of thought," he said. "The Tea Party is the ideals of the American founding. It is a large and sizable group of people, and they are not gonna be erased."