The Republicans in the House flounder. Is the tea party finished? Was 2010 just a flash in the pan? Many are once again predicting the demise of the tea party’s influence, and yet, – The defeat of “Plan B” — driven by those influences. – Speakership of Boehner, while maybe not over, is certainly challenged, because of those forces. Polling shows American attitudes are still overwhelmingly supportive of tea party principles. 73% believe the federal government should cut spending rather than increase it in reacting the nation’s current economic problems 62% favor across the board spending cuts – 57% are smart enough to know they won’t actually happen 33% think the U.S. is heading in the right direction. 5% think Congress is doing a “good” or “excellent” job The ideas matter…whether you call them “tea party,” or just sound policy. Names come and go, but principles do not. Perhaps someday we’ll get a bunch of Congressmen who understand that.