The lingering death of the tea party is a painful thing to watch. Each time C-SPAN features a new tea party rally it seems its just a little more pathetic than the last one. I was watching C-SPAN one day when they went to a live tea party rally for Michelle Bachman back when she was still a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. She was standing on a little platform in front of a huge, colorfully painted bus giving her stump speech. When the camera panned around to show the crowd, that "crowd" consisted of about a half-dozen elderly couples sitting around on lawn chairs. I was actually embarrased for her.
It has now been fairly well documented that this "new" movement that was dubbed the "tea party" actually consisted mostly of the same old crowd of cultural conservatives and evangelicals who have been active on the right for some time. This movement was really just a top down campaign drummed up by powerful forces in an attempt to defeat healthcare reform. Now that the "Tea Party Congress" has proven itself to be inept and irresponsible and has driven the approval rating of Congress to an all-time low the power players that brought it into being can't run away from it fast enough. Tea party politicians are now left to their own devices to justify their radical agenda. As a result the only thing really left of the original raucous uprising, apart from the sporadic symposium held to try and rehabilitate the brand, is the dubious "tea-party caucus" label that's pinned to so many members who's only option now is to bask in past electoral glory and pretend to have had success.
So, am I right? Can someone show evidence to disprove my analysis?