Several writers are clattering around with wooden carts and shouting for Tea Partiers to bring out their dead. “I see a Tea Party whose influence is gradually declining, not increasing,” writes Molly Ball. “The Tea Party’s Over,” editorializes Josh Kraushaar. “Talk of a tea party takeover of American politics – or the Republican Party – has faded of late,” observes Chris Cillizza.
Politico today has another story in the formerly mainstream media's year-long series about division within the Republican Party. The theme throughout this journalistic endeavor is to interview Beltway GOPers about how divisive those candidates are who are supported by grassroots outsiders.
Today's story is yet another whinefest about South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who criticized party colleagues over their refusal to demote Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski because she is waging a write-in campaign after losing the GOP primary to Joe Miller. And in this year of uprooting "the way we've always done things around here," the establishment Republicans are upset that DeMint publicized aspects of the debate over Murkowski's fate in a fundraising letter.
Dutiful reporter Manu Raju first questioned Status Quo Republican Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri:
“I personally think it’s very counterproductive.”
In recapping the GOP primary runoff in South Carolina, Jim Antle neglected to mention the result that rendered this a trifecta of good news for limited-government conservatives: The defeat of Rep. Bob Inglis, who voted for the 2008 TARP bailout and lost Tuesday by more than a 2-to-1 margin to Trey Gowdy. As National Journal's Reid Wilson notes, the TARP vote was also a factor in the gubernatorial primary:
Party-switcher Parker Griffith was handpicked to deliver the GOP's response to President Obama's radio address today, but House Minority Leader John Boehner may be surprised at the hostile reception he gets in Huntsville at a Monday fundraiser for Griffith.
Conservatives in north Alabama's 5th District have hated Griffith for years, and his switch from "R" to "D" hasn't changed that. However, the discontent of local Democrats has enabled Tea Party leaders to organize bipartisan opposition to Griffith now: