Weakened Tea Party Switches Gears
Movement in decline after Obama victory
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2012 1:54 AM CST
Protesters participate in a tea party rally in Nashville, Tenn.earlier this month to oppose Tennessee creating a state-run insurance exchange under the federal health care law.    (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

(Newser) – The Tea Party movement that looked set to transform American politics a couple of years ago was hit hard by President Obama's victory last month, the New York Times finds. Congressional Republicans are bucking Tea Party demands in fiscal cliff talks and the movement's activists are now focusing on efforts to "nullify" health care reform, to expose alleged election fraud, and to fight a United Nations resolution encouraging sustainable development—issues that are unlikely to expand the movement's base or power.

Within the GOP, many blame the movement for the party's poor showing in November and predict that while the Tea Party won't go away, it will become just another faction instead of a movement capable of taking control of the party. "I think the Tea Party movement is to the Republicans in 2013 what the McGovernites were to the Democrats in 1971 and 1972," says the Republican president of the Florida Senate. "They will cost Republicans seats in Congress and in state legislatures. But they will also help Republicans win seats."

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Dec 26, 2012 9:19 PM CST
As in history, many times things go too far in one direction and it is in the Best interest of the general public to swing back and find ground that most can agree on. There will always be Extremist on both sides. Calling each side names only delays the answers and solutions. I takes time but we will all get to the same place. However it IS More Painful for some of us than for others.
Dec 26, 2012 9:11 PM CST
I recently caught the flu. To stay hydrated I drank lots of "TEA". Which caused frequent trips to deposit the tea in it's rightful home ;-)
Dec 26, 2012 5:06 PM CST
A guy in our town made a sign out of a piece of plywood and stuck it onhis lawn. It said 'PROUD TEA PARTY PATRIOT'. Also stuck one of those 'don't tread on me' flags on his flagpole alongside his american flag. Haven't seen either one since November. Wonder why.....