The tea party may have won Republicans the House of Representatives in 2010.
In 2012, it’s looking like it could help Democrats retain the White House.
The tea party movement, now nearly three years old, has fallen out of favor with Americans. And Democrats are prepared to use it against Republicans in the 2012 election.
Does anyone else remember when some liberals got on a bandwagon of telling us all that we needed to learn something from the tactics of tea partiers? Perhaps they didn't say it so boldly all the time, but I certainly remember the sentiment.
I always assumed it would be a flash-in-the-pan rather than a bonafide movement. There are probably several reasons why, but I think the main one is something it has always shared with OWS. Both were reactions built on emotion. And neither group ever rallied around a clearly articulated goal. So people experienced a catharsis - but then what?
What both the tea party and OWS demonstrated is that when people get angry (or scared) enough - they are prepared to rally. But unless the groundwork of laying out an agenda for change has been done, anger provides a short fuse that fizzles out pretty quickly. It gets exhausting after awhile. When that happens, unless there is some substance to fall back on - the party is over.