Is the Tea Party over?
April 23rd, 2012
03:55 PM ET

Is the Tea Party over?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The party might be over - the Tea Party that is.

The movement that took the country - and Washington - by storm two years ago appears to be fading.

In the early days of the Obama Administration, the Tea Party seemed to spring up almost overnight nationwide.

With thousands of dissatisfied Americans attending town hall meetings and protesting an outsized federal government, higher taxes, skyrocketing federal spending and Obamacare.

In the 2010 mid-term elections, candidates connected to the Tea Party helped the Republicans wrestle back control of the House of Representatives. They were a force to be reckoned with.

But fast forward two years and what's left?

For starters, the Republican Party is on the verge of nominating Mitt Romney. Not exactly a right wing zealot.

Politico reports that a meeting of the Republican National Command this past weekend shows just how little has actually changed within the GOP.

Few Tea Party activists have won slots on the Republican Party's governing committee, even though some have won county chairmanships or state positions.

And, although the Republican establishment sympathizes with the Tea Party's ideas and wants to channel their energy, they see the movement as just one more constituency in the Republican coalition.

Some Republicans describe the Tea Party activists as inexperienced, and the movement as not as well organized as 2010.

Nonetheless, even if the Tea Party is losing power, it's still seen as a boost for Republicans. One state party chairman says the Tea Party has "put a spring in the step of the old lumbering elephant."

Here’s my question to you: Is the Tea Party over?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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    Six words: Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry.

    April 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  2. Russ in PA

    The Tea Party was successfully co-opted by the Republican establishment. They would have been better served to have stuck with Ron Paul as the intellectual father of the movement, but they didn't... So rest in peace, Tea Party.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    April 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  3. Mike Danahy

    D.O.A. See there really is a God. Now if we can just get all of their 2010 elected officials (and, I use the term loosely) out of office, perhaps we can get our country back on track.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  4. Marcia Choquette

    It is one of the things I pray for every night! They are fanatics and fanatics in any form are dangerous and detrimental to our country.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  5. JAB in Missouri

    Yes. This year they will be voting for Mitt Romney.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  6. Larry, RI

    Oh, Lord, Please!!! We've heard all their nastiness and hate (sometimes in the name of God, no less) than we care to! We've been through the 1800's! Not again, Please!!!

    April 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  7. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    No, they are saving their last hurrah for an attempt to purify the Republican Party in the Senate. We can hardly wait, since it will result in the Democrats picking up seats, possibly even getting to 60 once Collins and Murkowski have enough.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  8. Mel - Houston

    There was going to be no party if the country followed their ideas. Hopefully, their beginning to see the error of their ideology.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  9. jk in MN

    Maybe nationally they aren't as loud a presence as they have been, but it sure looks like there are a lot of Tea people active in the Republican caucauses and primaries in Minnesota – sadly to say in the district I live in as well as Michele Bachmann's district.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  10. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    The Tea Party was over after the 2010 elections and now we are feeling the effects of the hang over.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  11. robert goodman

    I think when there followers woke up and found out there vote was for the 1% to keep there Bush Tax Cuts it fell apart.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  12. Riley ODay

    Tea Party is OVER. Hopefully. If they add to their numbers in Nov. we will know.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  13. Ken in Seattle

    For the sake of the country let us hope so. The Tea Party does not want to govern, they want to rule and with an iron fist. That is fascism not democracy and an approach to governance usually only found in third world countries. A Democracy allows participation from anyone who choses to do so, but you have to wonder if the founding fathers ever envisioned the kind of political fanaticism voiced by the Tea Party. The current one, not the old one.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  14. Doug Ericson

    The Tea Party died when Congress was able to raise the debt limit. It meant that, The Speaker of the House, ( His Handsomeness, John Boehner ), and The Senate President , ( The Dahli Donkey, Harrry Reid ), could do an end around the Tea Party, as long as those two agreed on a Bill. And some of the Tea Party members have sided with the opposition or the majority on several occassions. The Tea Party was compromised before they even sat down at their desk for the first time. Now there is some growing doubt about the future of the Occupy Wall Street crowd. Livestreamers have been pushed out by radical elements, ( they don't want to be filmed), or they have abandoned the cause. There are very few of the livestreamers left, and a busy Spring protest environment has yet to develop. A leaderless flock is bound to circle aimlessly and get sick of chasing their own tails. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  15. Charles - San Antonio

    I have respect for the Tea Party and the things that they were trying to accomplish. However, the Tea Party's my or the highway positions has to change and has caused their popularity to quickly diminish. If they do not change thier uncompromising position, I hope the Tea Party is over.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  16. Dave Laguna Niguel, CA

    Only in the LEFT's fantasies.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  17. David in Ottawa ON

    Probably not, but I certainly hope so. The Republican party is in dire need of an awakening, but not the kind the Tea Party was offering; More along the lines of Eisenhower. I consider myself more of a centrist leaning towards the left, which is why I (mostly) support Obama, but you need opposing (SENSIBLE) views for a healthy debate. That's why unless it's one of the few sane folks like like David Stockman or Andrew Sulivan or Allan Simpson etc. I don't even care to listen to the right, because they're so far out of their minds it's not even funny.

    Bill Maher was right – the Democrats are what the Republicans used to be.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  18. Donna Wisconsin

    God let's hope so! We need compromise in Government, no "My way or the highway". We are not Iran or China or N Korea. We need all view points to solve problems. And Disagreeing doesn't mean the other guy is NOT patriotic! Flip flopping on issues is not good. But saying" I have changed my mind" is called Maturity or evolotion! That measn someone was examining issues, solutions and found some common ground to change something.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  19. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    The tea party might not be completely over but it is in decline. A lot of people seen what the tea party was all about in the Republican House of Representatives and they did not like what they have seen. All these people did was take a pledge to Glover Nordquist and refused to work together or compromise in any way shape or form. The only thing the tea party was successful at was getting Congress a 10% approval rating.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  20. Tony from Southport

    Jack...... they haven't even begun.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  21. JD in NH

    The tea party consisted of a bunch of gullible fools manipulated by greedy lobbyists and wannabe politicians. The ones who managed to get elected have mostly reverted to politics as usual. Once you've got that $175,000 a year job, you've got to work to keep it and that doesn't mean carrying out the wishes of a miniscule political movement.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  22. Barbara in Sherman Oaks, CA

    From your mouth to God's ears, Jack! It sure looks like the Tea Party is over, but not without some lasting damage, namely that Tea Partiers and their leaders like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck have left the GOP fractured seemingly beyond repair with their insistence that everyone be as right wing crazy conservative as they profess to be. Who thinks that way, Jack? Seemingly damn few, as evidenced by the fact that the Tea Party is on the verge of obsolescence after just a couple of years in existence, and appears to be taking the rest of the GOP down with them.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  23. bytehead

    I have to think that it is. The Tea Party has gone to the point of making it impossible to govern this nation. They held this nation to the brink of defaulting, all over budgetary issues that they should have been worrying about when they were passing a budget and passing spending resolutions. I fully expect the government to shut down before the elections, and I don't see how the Tea Party can even remotely expect anyone to give them respect after that.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  24. MIchael

    We can only hope that these morons have faded into obscurity where they belong. Oh, and please take Gingrich with you!

    April 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  25. pat in michigan

    Sadly yes. A fairly good idea in the start was allowed to turn into a freak show!.
    If a political movement to reign in Big Govt. is going to be effective Big Govt. will stop it by encouraging circus freaks to get face time thereby discrediting their message.
    This isn't the GOP'S and Democrats first rodeo.If you are to be succesful you must appear mainstream not Martian.There is a certain Irony to biting the hand that feeds you.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  26. tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    The Tea party never actually developed. The majority of citizenry waving signs asking government to keep its hands off Medicare eventually figured out government is the source from whence medicare cometh. They also heard people they put into office demanding that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. When the Catholic Church calls your budget immoral, the party is over.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  27. Pete in Florida

    The Tea Party was "over" shortly after the Republicans took control of it. The TEA folks lost their anit-tax focus and started to take their marching orders from Limbaugh, FAUX News, and clowns like Dick Armey. Now they're just another branch of the GOP, which pretty much has as its base the wealthy, the ignorant, the gullible, and just about any hate group, especially the racists.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  28. Gary in San Jose, California

    The party is over and it is time to pay the tab. The Tea Party's dream of continuing to lower taxes vanished with the National Debt growth due to deficit spending. The Occupier's fantasy of social services growth vanished the same way. Eventually the world will stop funding our bad habits and we will be forced to live within our means. Our metal is about to be tested.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  29. Bert in Los Angeles

    Hi Jack, the Tea Party’s problem is ignorance among its followers of what the real Boston Tea Party was all about; a rebellion against a pro-corporate tax scheme. People were taxed but the global corporation was not; yet the “Tea Party” supports that tax scheme which today is called Reaganomics. Yes, the Tea Party is over and it is turning out the lights on the Republican Party as well.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  30. Gary H. Boyd

    Yeah Jack, it's over. Some were expecting it to go out in a blaze of glory. Instead its most vocal advocates are dropping like flys. It's kinda like the Occupy movement which has also fizzeled. Both consist of extremeists and America is a middle of the road society.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  31. Pete in Georgia

    It may be over in the press but it will NEVER be over in the hearts and minds of MILLIONS of Americans who will take their feelings into the voting booths this November.
    Stay tuned.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  32. Gary I. Sacramento CA

    Is the Tea Party over?

    I hope so. They are bumpkins that belief that the years 1789. I only hope that they are replaced with a group that
    understands REASONABLE ways to balance the budget. You can't balance the budget with a meat axe.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  33. Gary in San Jose, California

    The party is over and it is time to pay the tab. The Tea Party's dream of continuing to lower taxes vanished with the National Debt growth due to deficit spending. The Occupier's fantasy of social services growth vanished the same way. Eventually the world will stop funding our bad habits and we will be forced to live within our means. Our mettle is about to be tested.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  34. Ron in Ohio

    One can only hope so. They were primarily tools of the billionaires to attack anything Democrats tried to do for people. Beware of those who scream de-regulation, and small goverment. They are out to get us and return us to the low paid working classes of the Robber Baron era, and they do so by yelling 'God, guns and gays'.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  35. Bill of New Mexico

    Wishful thinking. The Tea Party is here to stay.

    Get rid of the Grover Norquists and Michelle Bachmans and there will be 2 dozen to take their places.

    As long as America is taxing to fill the money holes called: "the entitlements" and "the military", the Tea Party is going to be here.

    Apparently America's spending is out of control and until America cuts this spending substantially, the Tea Party is going to be motivated into existence.

    What's going to happen to all these poor people when this money is stopped? But, does America have a choice?

    I do not think America has any other choices. Sooner or later, even the military will be on the chopping block.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  36. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    It's not over, but the teapot is sure cooling off. We've had two years to see what the tea party wrought in Republican controlled states where they have assumed near dictatorial powers, especially in Michigan.

    For all the old Republican Party's talk about getting government out of our lives, the tea party, along with their fundamentalist cohorts want to inject government even into our bedrooms.

    We have seen them for what they are and they aren't the Republicans that were in that party when I used to belong to it.

    April 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  37. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    One can only hope. They have proven themselves to be the most detrimental and obstructive bunch of hypocrites ever assembled.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  38. Ed from California

    With Scott Walker about to be recalled. John Boehner talking about everything except jobs!! I'd say the voters are awoken and they want coffee, not tea!!

    April 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  39. David of Alexandria VA

    Well, some of the hooplah is subsiding, but I don't think it's last call quite yet. here we had a big bunch of Americans, passionate about America and feeling under-represented by a government who couldn'tt get anything done without spending more money it didn't have. Instead of just reporting on it, blogging on it, writing endless OpEd drivle about it or kicking it down the road like most people and poiticians, the Tea Party got organized, got elected, and got a voice the old fashioned way - democratically. They upset the laminar flow of disfunction in DC. They sound just like a community organizer hoping for change - and actually started to get some.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  40. Larry in Houston

    Is the Tea Party over ?
    Answer : ask yourself this Question Jack . Is the "pet rock" over ? Is the "slinky" over ? Is the "etch-a-sketch" over ? Is the "cabbage patch" baby dolls over ? Is the "occupy gang" over ? I can go on & on, but I think you get the picture. In other words, IF it comes back, it doesn't come In like a big bang, like it once did. Then again, it may fade out, and never come back, in time.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  41. Karl from Flint, MI

    When Dick Army "grass rooted" the Tea Party with the Koch brothers and Grover, et al, it was a shiny new concept car that many wanted. FOX and the like lauded it day in and day out. It was the coming thing. Then they found out it had no back seat or at least wouldn't take one for any reason, no trunk space for the real Republican elephant and burned only expensive special polarized fuel that took it nowhere, so, it lost it's luster. Now it's being towed out of the right hand ditch and on it's way to the political junk yard, as well it should be.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  42. Susan UP of MI

    We can but hope that they are.
    Considering that most tea party people appear to be middle to low income people, I cannot understand why they want to keep rich people rich and poor people (themselves) poor. Same goes for health care: do they enjoy paying high premiums or going without coverage? I just don't understand how these people can be against things that would actually help them.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  43. calaurore9

    Romney has effectively tipped the tea party right into Boston Harbor. Good riddance.

    Carol in Northampton, Massachusetts

    April 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  44. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    Yes and no. On one hand, they forced the GOP primary to shift further to the right than the GOP has ever been (which is saying a lot). That said, since they changed the landscape of government in 2010, I can hardly say its for the better. Washington seems even more divided, and a lot of common sense deals have been scrapped as they refuse to take any bargain with Democrats, regardless of how much they'd get what they wanted out of it. In the end, I think the public is going to realize this, and I expect a lot of politicians (especially Romney) to move back to the center and away from them.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  45. Brad, Portland, OR

    The Republican party moved to absorb the Tea Party, but was itself consumed by them. Now they're mostly one in the same, with political positions shifted far to the right of standard Republican positions just a few years ago.

    That's why nearly every moderate Republican was forced out of office nation-wide, and even fairly right-wing Republicans like Orrin Hatch have been forced to go much farther right in order to keep their jobs. Republicans officials are not allowed to compromise in any way with Democrats, or they're out at the next election.

    The Tea Party infected the mainstream Republican party with a corrosive ideology that makes the John Birch Society look like socialists.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  46. Sean L.

    Lord, I hope so... By my calender it's the 21st century not the 18th, or worse, the middle ages. There is no turning back the clock. They just don't seem to get the fact that our global civilization and society at large have changed. The relationships between the nations of this planet, have changed. The dynamics and accepted rules of the past do not always apply to today. Pulling so hard to the 'right' as they do, only causes a counter force to pull very hard to the 'left'. This country (from the outside) must look like a car jetting down the road at break neck speed, with two knuckle-heads fighting for the steering wheel. The middle of the road, traveling at a safe speed, and watching for hazards so we can overcome them as they arise, is where it seems we should be. If this country does not accept this simple truth and we let the rest of the world continue to move into the future without us, we will diminish and fade into history as yet another failed culture.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  47. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    We have a Congress crippled by Republican members who haven't passed a budget in three years. The tea party has held them hostage and our nation, derailing the Presidential agenda with meanness never before encountered in American politics.
    It is finally sinking in to the soul of the American electorate, exhausted over the Tea Party shenanigans in Washington. The tea bag has been steeped over and over, and has lost it's flavor.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  48. Richard Texas

    I don't think the Tea party was anything to begin with other then a movement. Similar to a bowel movement. They came and they went. At least with a bowel movement you get something out of it.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  49. TomInRochNY

    It's well past tea time in any civilized country. One lump or two?

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    April 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  50. bonnie from NJ

    Let's hope so! They do not represent the majority of the people in this country, but yet want it their way with no compromising. They don't seem to understand what a democracy is all about. Unfortunately in this country, if your mouth can drown out the majority you may get your way.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  51. Tyler

    New York

    I hope so, their extremist views have tainted the public debate and spread misinformation through the mainstream media. Also, if they die maybe the new congressmen elected might be able to pass important legislation instead of filibustering everything.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  52. Virginia - Atlanta

    I sure hope so, especially if some of the lies and meanness go with it.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  53. Ann from Charleston SC

    We can only hope. While I agree that we need to reduce the national debt and that we need to get spending under control, I heartily disagree with the methods the tea party has used. We will make no progress until members of Congress of all stripes work together, and that is through consensus and compromise. The tea party has managed to do more harm than good, no matter how well intentioned they might be.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  54. Jenna Roseville CA

    Is the Tea Party over?

    The Tea Party has been over for awhile now. Those poor mis-guided folks for the most part have opened their eyes to see that they were used by the likes of corporate America, such as the Koch Brothers and they did not like it. Many have joined the 99'ers in opposition to the 1% where they are welcomed.

    Roseville CA

    April 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  55. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    The tea party was a fad, the pet rock of political movements, funded by the billionaire Koch brothers and fronted by the ex-politico, now lobbyist extraordinaire Dick Armey with no objective other than the continued coddling of the top 1%. The midterm 2010 cartoon has ended, now let's focus on the other 99%.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  56. Greg

    It's over if the GOP has anything to say about it. Like Victor Frankenstein's monster, the Tea Party creature no longer listened to its masters and turned on fiscal conservatives and the old guard republicans with an agenda so radical and so far right that the Taliban is sending fan letters. Only in this case, it's the Tea Party members that are carrying the pitchforks and torches in their hunt for the RINO.

    Oak Park, IL

    April 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  57. Johnny C (from Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack –

    The fact that it is not getting media coverage does not mean that the Tea Party is over. The darlings of the media are sympathetic to the democrats needs to continuously hide the fact that our federal government cannot pass a budget nor spend within its means. The latter issue continues to devalue our dollar and makes every American poorer each and every day. Why is it wrong to illustrate these points? Perhaps, if enough people hear negative rhetoric about the Tea Party without understanding the underlying reality, they will think that they are bad people and not listen to them ... at least that is what I believe the controlling Senate hopes for.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  58. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It's going as strong as Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  59. Paul in NC

    With apologies to Shakespeare the Tea Party was a phenomenon full of sound and fury signifying nothing. The summer of 2010 was notable for angry mobs shouting at congressmen, carrying mispelled picket signs and generally making fools of themselves. They chanted slogans about taxes, spending and the Constitution; a document most of them had never read and couldn't comprehend if they had. This rabble then went to the polls and elected a contingent of equally undesirable representatives. Once seated in Congress these neophytes had no agenda, no idea how to legislate and no intention to compromise. They brought the gears of our government, already turning too slowly, to a complete halt and in the end accomplished nothing. Is the Tea Party over? For all our sakes, let's hope so.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  60. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    I certainly hope so. It's tiresome to hear a minority group united by talking points, extremist attitudes and incorrect assertions that their views mirrors those of our founding fathers. It's about time they shut their mouths and opened some history books as well as opening their minds.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  61. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Let's hope so. What they wanted is something for everyone else to live by, not themselves. Their belief was simple, just flip the switch and all will be rosy. For the most part they lived in a vacuum.

    April 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  62. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, the Tea Party turned over the rock on which the Republican party is based on and what we found was racism, selfishness and ignorance. Those independents who left the GOP in droves since the forming of that unholy alliance between evangelicals and big business have known this, now all of America has seen it. It's not over, but the thrill is gone.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  63. Mr. D

    I would like to think that this boat that we are all in, our country, is starting to right itself. The problem is we have too much dead weigh to carry, and the possibility of us sinking is quite real. It would be nice to think the politicans can protect us from ourselves. That's highly suspect.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  64. Bob in Kansas City

    If the Tea Party isn't over it should be, they've shown themselves to be a bunch of self absorbed crybabies that do nothing but call everyone who disagrees with them either a socialist or communist. The gal that defeated Ike Skelton here in Missouri has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies in the past but won't offer to cut one single dollar of federal spending in her district, how do you spell "hypocrite"?.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  65. Dave - Phx

    There was never a tea party really, just some far right extremists claiming to be a new party, but they were nothing but the same old Republican racists we heard from in the past. They are still Repbulicans, still out of touch, and still a really ugly part of our country.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  66. curtis in philadelphia

    Thankfully Jack, and for goodness sake, its not over for little girls and all their imaginary friends, dolls and stuffed animals.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  67. Anthony from Swedesboro

    I could never understand the logic of the Tea Party. They want to tear down our government, starve it by not paying taxes, and destroy social issues which espouses a philosophy of every man and woman fend for themselves. Not since the Huns were at Rome's gate have I seen such anarchy. Throw in guns and religion, you have a poison cocktail of self-destruction. When the dust settles, they'll be a relic like the No-Nothing Party.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  68. Ed in California

    Hopefully, I don't think anyone realized that movement would be kidnapped by the fundamentalist religious right. It was, and needs to focus on economics not religious dogma.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  69. Thom Richer

    No. Hate and divisive political parties will never be over. The Tea Party was started for all the wrong reasons. The people's welfare was not its pure motivation as was proven by their divisive and elitist founders and followers. The RNC lost its political influence among too many voters and those in the working class and in order to disrupt the ever growing left wing population, a diversion was needed to throw politics into chaos in hopes of reestablishing its power. Unfortunately, all they really succeeded in doing was destroying the electoral process for all voters and dividing America. Motive is everything and they had all the wrong motives. All because they cannot accept being defeated by a Black man.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    April 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  70. Jim, Denver CO


    I certainly hope so. They did nothing but make our politics even more polarized and divisive. The 1950's are long gone, get over it and get into the 21st century people.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  71. Mark from New Jersey

    Let's hope so, Jack. Their legacy is all of the members of the House and state and local "legislators" that were elected in 2010, the most misanthropic, misogynist, anti-intellectual, anti-science, religious fanatic, people who have almost destroyed America, state by state.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  72. Cres from Florida

    The Tea Party started out with some valid principles and platorm stances. But when standing on one's principles becomes nothing but stubborn hard-headedness, it has lost it's value and place in gov't. Like too much in D.C.
    these days, the Tea Party became corrupted by selfish influences and compromise is still a dirty word.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  73. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    I hope not. They are our only hope to vote in term limits. They are not focused on re-election as every other politian is. And, they bring some sort of spending control to our otherwise bloted and disrespectful of other people"s money goverment. We need more, not less of them.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  74. Gail, Plano TX.

    The Tea Party has been from the onset, a joke! They represent a faction of the US citizenry that is both old & racist. Each time a so called tea member is on your show & others, I change the channel. The mad tea party is an adopted child of the Fox Faux News. Birds of a feather, etc.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  75. JB from Tennessee

    You're referring to Americans who want smaller government and a balanced budget? What reasonable thinking person
    wouldn't want that?..Oh, that's right...President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi ...

    April 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  76. wahela

    I sure hope they are calming down. The John Birch society went underground for about 30 years, and I consider them the same as the Tea Party. One of the leaders of the JBS was the Koch brother's father. Its the same thing all over again. I'm just wondering how they got rid of the JBS so we can use it on the left over Tea Partiers.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  77. lynnej in nc

    Given that they screamed about the government intervening in their private decisions and then turned around and did just so by passing abortion and marriage laws, it was soon going to come to a close.

    Every people dances around with fanatics, but sooner or later, common sense returns. And it will in November 2012.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  78. Gigi Oregon

    I would tread softly around the sleeping giant elephant. You never know when he is going to roll over and crush "we the little people" of the United States of America.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  79. Mark in Houston

    The Tea Party originally had some actual "patriotic ideas" that might have bettered the country. But once infiltrated by the angry and ignorant...they became nothing but a voice of hate bordering on racial prejudices. They are not gone and will raise their ugly heads again following the Obama re election.

    The defeat of Romney will justify a rallying cry for extreme right wing policy as the only way to victory in 2016.

    Hope I'm not around to see it happen

    April 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  80. wayne, va beach, va

    yes, and if obama is re-elected, the USA is over too.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  81. Vinny in Connecticut

    The Tea Party is definitely not over, Jack! There are Tea Party organizations in almost every state which are getting ready for the November election to oust Obama and take back the Senate and keep the House. And although so many on the left (as evidenced by some comments on this site!) want to believe in the demise of the Tea Party, as Mark Twain once said so brilliantly, "the reports of my (Tea Party) death are great exaggerated!"

    April 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  82. Al - Orlando

    Tea party people will still secretly vote for Romney. He has to sweet tea talk to the rest of the voters if he wants
    to be elected.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  83. Sandstone.

    "Well it is for Obama, deven the Coffee party didn't last long for him. As for the Tea Party as a whole, I think it has run it's course for this year; but good things never die compleatly and it will continue to pop-up from time to time!"

    April 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  84. Phil-Wenatchee, WA

    Let's hope so! This movement has done nothing but stir up hate and vitriol. Their mandate of smaller government is a misnomer as evidenced by their cries of anti-abortion and outlawing contraceptives.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  85. Nancy, Tennessee

    Nat King Cole said it best, "The Party's Over." The Tea Party's balloons have all been burst and the masquerade is over.
    We'll have to wait until another day when someone else has the idea that the two parties aren't serving us well and we need a new one.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  86. Tom, Virginia

    The tea party began because United States citizens are frustrated with the way the US government is run. We're not just talking about The President, also Congress, and the wasteful spending throughout all branches of the government. The issue is not political, it is not Republican or Democrat. It is doing the right thing. It is about safety security and protection of the United States citizens. Not special interest. The problem is that the tea party movement was hijacked by the Republican Party and ignored by the Democratic Party, which has rendered them ineffectual. Everyone needs to take a stand and demand that our representatives, whether Republican or Democrat, work for all of us, not just a few.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  87. Andrew- Regina,Saskatchewan, Canada

    As someone who has followed U.S. politics for quite a while now, I was one of the many who kept saying that the Tea Party was only a fad, and it appears I was right. With they're politicians now in congress, they have begun to realize that the "They're Way or the high way" mantra only alienates moderates and independent voters; who are more often then not key voters in election, and are not fans of right-wing legislation the Tea Party Republicans tend to make up on a dime.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  88. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    The party might be over, but not soon enough. The goons from the Tea Party caused this country to loose it's credit rating and may yet do it again. They have nearly wrecked the normally sane Republican party, forcing everyone in the GOP to go hard right. The Tea Party is why the Democrats will once again gain control of the House and take main control of the Senate and President Obama will get his second term in office.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  89. Loren

    The Tea Party is just another version of the political activism that this country has seen since the Pilgrims first landed. The only unique aspect of it is that it represented a conservative viewpoint, which is a rarity in any country. Is it over? Well, let's see what happens in the upcoming Presidential election. Give people a reason and they will fight.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  90. Mike in Minneapolis

    Yes, thankfully. They are why nothing is getting done in Washington. They are the reason we lost our credit rating. The people who voted them in (hopefully) now realize that the Tea Party are not interested in America, they are interested in Teapartystan.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  91. Ted

    The president hopes so...He hates people he cannot brainwash with his fancy speaches.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  92. s in fl

    Ask the Koch Brothers, Jack. They're paying for all the cookies. In my opinion, all the tea is out of the bags now. All loose leaf.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  93. r.landschoot

    you b etter hope so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  94. Susan from Idaho

    The Tea Party has gone by the way of the Coffee Clatch so over.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  95. PiedType

    Yep. It's just a pile of burnt crumpets.


    April 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  96. Larry -- Minnesota

    Let's hope so, but what thinly disguised group will the Koch brothers set up next for us to root out?

    April 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  97. Lynn

    Absolutely - RIP.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  98. Dolores Surprise AZ

    We can only hope.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  99. DUBandSTUFF


    The Tea Party is not over, it has simply re-organized to focus on hot bed issues such as healthcare. I am a photographer that has followed the Tea Party for many years, and they have transitioned from voicing opinions of general dismay with the current government, to focusing their efforts on large scale issues in which they can generate press from their collective actions. With continued support from law makers like Bachmann and Ryan, the Tea Party is still a strategic organization who’s support is coveted by far right conservatives.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  100. Jerry

    TEA, Taxed Enough Already....this movement will never die.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  101. thegoldentether

    The Tea Party isn't over, because it never really existed. After spending the 2000s forgetting its fiscally conservative base, the Republicans' loss in 2008 awakened the giant. Romney's inevitable nomination has lulled the sleeping giant within the GOP back to sleep....

    April 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  102. Tom

    Its been over since those crazy tea partiers starting using the term "tea bagging" The American people gave the tea party movement a chance, and after seeing what they were like, stopped paying attention.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  103. Roger in Boston

    When the Tea Party gained its popularity, I made a bet with a conservative friend that the Tea Party wouldn't last as long as Disco did. I'm feeling pretty good about that bet. (But I still have a Michel Bachmann sticker on my truck from losing a Super Bowl bet with him.)

    April 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  104. Doug in Florida

    Jack, The TEA Party will be over when Dick Armey and the Koch Brothers say it's over. We all know that's the truth, but we continue to act like this was ever something other than a astroturf movement.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  105. AJ in CT

    YES! And good riddance. Time for educated, rational, and reasonable thought to prevail in our nation and in our politics. In short, time to drink coffee.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  106. Mike Peterson

    Jack, the Tea Party is not over. The phrase "tea party" itself is, because the Status Quo managed to water it down as much as they could. But the movement is right back where it began- with Dr. Ron Paul's Campaign. And it is more alive than ever as thousands are showing up for his speeches and running for offices across the country under a Liberty platform; myself included.

    Mike Peterson
    Grand Forks, North Dakota

    April 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  107. jaw4

    Jack- one can only hope. The GOP leaders allowed their party to be hijacked by the most extreme of their followers. The last thing our government needs is the extreme from either side of the aisle. When you send the most uncompromising people (hence the moniker "Party of NO") you can find to DC, you ensure nothing will get done. And it's the American people who suffer. The TeaPartiers always laud their hero, Reagan, but are completely ignorant to the fact that The Great Communicator was known for occasionally reaching across party lines to accomplish what was needed.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  108. Brian

    Wishful thinking. The Tea Party will disappear right after Big Spending Liberalism disappears. Just because the media covers them less and wishes them gone doesn't mean a thing. The principals of the Tea Party are older than our country and will continue to exist long after Liberals and Socialists force America to go the way of the Roman Empire.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  109. el don Rodrigo

    You betcha Jack! They morphed into the Pea Party now and moaning & groaning as time goes on.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  110. jaw4

    Jack- one can only hope. The GOP leaders allowed their party to be hijacked by the most extreme of their followers. The last thing our government needs is the extreme from either side of the aisle. When you send the most uncompromising people (hence the moniker "Party of NO") you can find to DC, you ensure nothing will get done. And it's the American people who suffer. The TeaPartiers always laud their hero, Reagan, but are completely ignorant to the fact that The Great Communicator was known for occasionally reaching across party lines to accomplish what was needed.
    jules in CO

    April 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  111. chaz - ny

    The tea party will be over when common sense is over.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  112. fedwatcher

    Jack, is that wishful thinking on your part or that of the Republicans. I know the Democrats are hoping against hope they make some more stupid remarks during the current election cycle.

    I suggest the damage done to this country's stature, credit rating and reputation have been irreparably damaged by those clowns during the debt ceiling debate last year. IMHO these fanatics would just as soon destroy the country if they do not get their way.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  113. Bev Evaniew

    Jack – where was the Tea Party when President Bush was spending all of the surplus that he had been given!!!! Just an observation from your neighbours to the north!!!!

    April 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  114. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Thank heavens the extremist Tea Party is rule is over! They have damaged the country and have given the once-proud Republican Party a big black eye. My Mother always said "When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas." and the Republican Party is covered with many, many fleas! Our country needs two stong political parties and it is my hope that the Republicans recover and again elect true, clear-thinking legislators instead of a bunch of nut cases and regain their rightful place in our society as a decent and viibrant political party.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  115. tom raleigh nc

    Jack, it was all fun and games for the tea party, until they found out they were just hurting themselves. Most of the loudest of them were receiving billions of us taxpayers money in the form of farm subsidies. Just wait till the next tornado blows thru, they be looking to the federal goverment to help them out.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  116. Jim, New Jersey

    The Tea Party is not gone, they just realized that all the cuts they were asking for included the very benefits they need and use most.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  117. Ted T. Martin

    You mean there is still hope, cool, the Tea Party has been nothing but a thorn in our country. From it's birth of rude, disgruntled, petulant misfits, taking over Town Halls by screaming like spoiled kids, who did not get their way. They have ruined the Republican Party, which seems to be afraid of them.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  118. lou

    Their biggest instigators, glenn beck and sarah palin, are no longer in our faces every day. They were bound to die out without those two blow hards' mean spirited hot air to keep them going.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  119. asianmom

    No, Jack the Tea Party is far from over. In troy, The Mayor and 2 out of 3 City Council positions were won by Tea Party supporters. The Te Party has matured into integrating itself into the political process by running for Precinct Delegate positions and other seats. Minesh Baxi, Troy, MI

    April 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  120. Danny Los Angeles ca.

    The tea partiers I think we're hijacked by republicans that will only give the people less representation.you see I don't mind paying taxes for a government that makes Americans life free.while making it a more vibrant economy that helps create oppertunitys for better lives.not just the rich land holders buy more of our land.making us renters in our own country.my familys ancestors had farms in Boston,new york,north carolina,indiana,Kansas,Arkansas.we want a stake in America not just enough to bury our selves in the end.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  121. speedwhay

    The Republicans hope the Tea Party is over. The American Public blames the tea party for all that is wrong with Washington, also the public does not like the fact that the Republicans seem too afraid to challenge the Tea party. It seems that the Tea party has a strangle hold on the republicans, invite too many dangerous words by some of it's so called members and they have put forward just silly ideals, this is the major problem. The Tea Party is done because behind closed doors the Republicans are making sure it happens.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  122. Jack D Blythe

    Yes, they are over. Their policies have made our country worse. They almost stopped our government like Gingrich did in 1996 over the debt ceiling, they have stopped us from raising taxes while expecting the goverenment to continue working, and have been generally ben bad for America. Their suporters have finally woken up to their subversive activities.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  123. wesseid

    Ron Paul supporters started the Tea Party in 2007. It stood for the Constitution and government accountability. It stood for the end of "business as usual" from both parties. It then got hijacked by big-government fake conservatives. The establishment successfully destroyed the Tea Party. Congratulations, establishment.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  124. Mike B.- Ar.

    Is The Tea Party Gone.?...............................................................................................................................................................................................................".ONLY IN YOUR DREAMS.!!!"

    April 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  125. speedwhay

    This country needs a diverse way of thinking. The Republicans do not have all the answers and the Dems do not have all the answer, however together they may have all the answers. When you invite an group to say no to everything just because you are not one of them. it destroys what has worked for the country for centuries. The Tea Party has come in and said do not agree with the Dems no matter what they propose, and if at one time we the Tea party wanted what the Dems are asking for then we are no longer for it. If the Tea party isn't over then they must change their ways or move on.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  126. Heather, Naples Florida

    Is an extremist fringe group filled with lunatics over? Yes, yes it is. Thank you.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  127. Heather, Naples Florida

    When you think of all the damage they've done–it's good riddance to bad rubbish!

    April 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  128. speedwhay

    The Tea party wants small Government Big Gonv. or Small Gonv is not the issue, in time of need the Gonv is supposed to grow to get people afloat and the country going, in time of need the people need more therefore Gonv must grow. during good times people need lest from the Gonv, therefore the Gonv shrinks and provide less. The gonv should always be what the people need at the time they need it. The Tea party is not allowing the republicans to do what is right. therefore they are not right for the county. The republicans are smart therefore Yes the Tea party is over.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  129. Bernie of Lowell.

    The Tea Party isn't over until after the November election. Remember we've still got a lot of them in Congress still trying to destroy our nation

    April 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  130. Bernie of Lowell.

    We've yet to get rid of the root cause of the Tea Party – the insane right-wing Supreme Court that ruled on the Citizen's United case.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  131. PEGGY

    If the Tea Party would limit it's scope to reducing the size of government agencies like the GSA from the middle up and quit attacking moderates, the political establishment on the right and left could quit manipulating them.

    April 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm |