The Tea Party Movement, a group of further right-leaning Republicans, is like a fish far away from the closest body of water at the moment. Back in 2010, the Tea Party came into prominence. In the 2010 United States Elections, a number of Tea Party Republicans got voted into office. Now, in 2013, it looks as if the Tea Party Movement is a boat without a paddle. While Republicans managed to retain control of the United States House of Representatives, it failed to grab the White House and the Senate. In terms of the US Senate, the Republicans suffered losses. One should look at the US Senate races in Missouri and Indiana ran respectively by former Representative Todd Akin and Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock who were the GOP nominees.
Politico reports of the Tea Party Movement will have to rely on
Washington DC insiders and DC money in order to stay alive. In regards to the fiscal cliff, Republicans that voted to raise taxes on the wealthy may find themselves the target of Tea Party challengers come the primaries for the 2014 US Elections for the Senate and the House. In short, it's either adapt or die for the Tea Party Movement. The article reports that one of the groups, Americans for Prosperity, is considering things such as being more involved in the primaries. But, that could be troublesome for the Tea Party.
This is due to many Republicans distancing themselves from the Tea Party. While fiscal issues do play a role, there are other factors such as social issues. The current leadership of the Republican Party want to prevent future candidates from grasping respective nominations if they are like Akin. In short, the GOP leadership wants to prevent future Todd Akins
from getting nominated for the general election cycles. Akin and Mourdock went down in polls after they made their respective comments about abortion and rape. In the case of Akin, he talked about “legitimate rape.”
Also, it is reported that three out of every 10 voters hold a favorable view of the Tea Party according to results from the latest Rasmussen Poll. In short, the Tea Party is losing favor
. The Huffington Post article reporting on this talked about the Senate races in which Tea Party-backed GOP nominees got defeated and pointed out Dick Armey's split with Freedom Works. It points out how high-profile Tea Party Republicans lost US House elections. Currently, about eight percent identify themselves as members of the Tea Party.
A Michigan Live article asks if the Tea Party has become a de-fanged tiger
. It talks about how Democrats and organized labor are in talks about recalling the Republicans in office that recently voted for the controversial “Right to Work.”
While trying to rebuild itself, focusing on anything other than economic issues could be disastrous for the Tea Party. One simply has to look back on Akin and Mourdock's comments about rape and abortion.
Another Michigan Live article reports of Tea Party members poking at the abortion issue
again. This article talks about the approaching 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. In regards to abortion, the rate is at an all-time low. It correlates with a Washington Post report of more effective forms of contraception being used to prevent pregnancies. Also, it talks about results from a recent Quinnipiac Poll that shows a growing number supporting abortion. The article also reports that, from poll results, those that identify with the Tea Party are more likely to be pro-life.
GOP Representative Phil Kingrey of Georgia came to Akin's defense; but, that caused him to receive backlash
from Democrats, Republicans, and other groups.
However, that's not the only non-fiscal issue to talk about. In a New Civil Rights Movement article, freshman GOP Representative Tom Cotton of Arkansas said that women were “unfit for infantry combat
.” When speaking to conservative pundit Laura Ingraham, Cotton said that women lacked the physical attributes for combat. The NCRM article slams Cotton for that remark saying that he probably hasn't watched the Olympics before.
Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey came to the Tea Party's defense
. Christie said that he doesn't believe the Tea Party has too much clout in the Republican Party.