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.

About The Author

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, 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.

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