What Happened To The Tea Party?

Andrew Sullivan —  Feb 16 2012 @ 5:42pm

Larison grapples with the Tea Party's overwhelming support for Santorum. Patricia Murphy recently spoke to one activist who was ready to declare the movement "dead": 

[Chris] Littleton says Nominee Romney would be greeted by Tea Partiers with something between skepticism and disgust. A stronger disgust with President Obama would likely send Tea Partiers to the polls to vote for whoever the GOP nominee is, Littleton adds, but would not translate to the kind of shape-shifting energy the Tea Party delivered in 2010. And what if Romney is elected but does not deliver on his promises, as so many Tea Partiers fear? That’s simple to predict, says Littleton. "All hell will break loose."

Paul Bedard reports that certain Tea Party leaders have given up on 2012:

For this year’s election, said Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, "we’re looking at candidates who are part of the problem." She said that 2016 "most likely" would see the first Tea Party candidate, should President Obama win reelection.