I’m constantly amused by sometimes concurrent, and often alternating references to the Tea Party movement’s continuing influence, or lack thereof, in American politics.  It is regularly said that tea partiers are either “in control” of the Republican caucus in Congress, or that tea partiers no longer have any influence in Congress.  As with most extremes, neither are entirely true.

Today’s tea party take du jour, touting tea party influence, comes to us from Fox News with this headline: “Death of Tea Party appears exaggerated, members in House appear to hold key fiscal vote,” and contains the following in reference to the “fiscal cliff” debacle in DC,

“Despite liberal-minded political analysts and others repeatedly pronouncing the death of the Tea Party, factions continue to fight and make themselves heard in Washington.”

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.