Tea Party Down But Not Out
Reports of the death of the tea party are greatly exaggerated.
For about two years now, certain observers have been declaring the demise of this insurgent tendency within the
The news of late suggests that establishment Republicans are staging a counterinsurgency. Speaker of the House John Boehner has removed four tea party darlings in the House from prominent committee positions. It's punishment, pundits say, for their lack of loyalty to
The year is not ending very nicely for the tea party. Many of the candidates it backed lost on
Then there was the embarrassing fit
Now comes news that Sen.
This looks like disarray, but it is not the "End of the
So far, there is no sign of a shifting of the tectonic plates of the conservatism on which the tea party movement was built. Nor are there any indications that more moderate views will soon be prevailing in the
Republicans may be at a disadvantage in the current haggling over how to avoid the fiscal cliff, but movement conservatives haven't exactly thrown in the towel. Rove's Crossroads GPS has bought
DeMint may be leaving the
Remember that is was tea party activism that revived the
The tea party is not one organization; it's a gathering of ideological affinity groups around the nation, loosely affiliated. We should expect the movement to shift and morph as conditions and issues dictate. It is highly likely the groups will realign where they initially had more success: local and primary elections.
As long as tea party activists articulate a message that resonates with the grass roots of the right, they can expect to have money. Potentially lots of it. Casino mogul
Adelson has begun suggesting a shift back toward the message of fiscal responsibility and smaller government, while leaving social issues alone. Will the tea party play along? Time will tell. But make no mistake: This movement still has a pulse.
Read the latest political news.
- Not So Merry Christmas For Congress and President
- John Boehner's 'Plan B' Gamble
- Republicans Would Rather Upgrade Afghan Infrastructure Than Our Own
- Who's Afraid of the Fiscal Cliff?
- The Kingdom of Fairness
- Never Ever, Ever, Ever...
- Obama Plays His High Cards
- Let The Real Fat Cats Pay Their Fair Share
- Tea Party Down But Not Out
- GOP Voter Suppression Continues
- How the GOP Can Blow Another Election
- The GOP -- Not a Club for Christians
- 'Amnesty' Not Looking So Bad to GOP
- Republicans: You Gotta Have Hope
- Federalism Could Be Solution to GOP Branding Problem
- Politicians: No Skin in the Game
- Goodbye, Senator Joe Lieberman
- Jim DeMint: A Senate loss or gain?
- A 'Right To' Words that Work
- Liberal Obsession with Race is Growing Old
- Some Companies Resorting to Extremes to Dodge Obamacare
- The Other Cliffs
- Take Care of the Children
- U.S. May Pay More Attention to Latin America in Obama's Second Term
- Snake-Oil Deficit Savings
- The Fiscal Hoax
- Fiscal Cliff 'Grand Bargain' May Be Anything But
- Dodging the Fiscal Swindle
- Brain-lock Inside the Beltway
- Obama's Own Cliff
- 'Fiscal Cliff' Obscures Lack of Shared Sacrifice
- The Fiscal Cliff: False Fears and Horrors
- Taxpayers, Revolt!
- Republicans: The Party of No
- For Pete's Sake, What's Happened to Our Democracy?
- Let Obama be Obama
- Ascendant Hillary Clinton
- Right, Left Get Along -- Outside Washington
- If, At First, You Don't Secede...
- Republican Problems are About More than Just Packaging
- Marco Rubio: A Hispanic Reagan?
- Obama Needs a Family Plan
- An Unsightly Scrap Over Cabinet Nomination
- Throwing Rice: A GOP In-Crowd
- The Decline of Moderate Republicanism
- To Appeal to Black Voters, GOP Must Run Gauntlet of Racism Accusations
- BP is Not a Criminal
- When the Curtain Rises
- Mitt Romney's Own Gift
- The 'Land of Opportunity' is Becoming Hollywood Fiction
- Corporate Bosses Gone Berserk
- The Trojan Horse in the Debt Debate
- The Real Problem with Military Spending
- Without Unity, We'll Tumble Over the Fiscal Cliff
- The Classy Election of 2012
- Karl Rove: The Biggest Loser in Politics
- Will the Supreme Court Dismantle the Voting Rights Act?
- The Pollution of Political Discourse
Tea Party Down But Not Out | Politics
(c) 2012 Tribune Media Services, Inc