I keep hearing that and so does everyone else, but mostly that can be attributed to wishcasting by the Democrats, the GOP Establishment, and their supporters. They may have become less noisy and more organized, but they still exist, and they have long before they were ever named the Tea Party. But if they were to disappear, what then?
The Republican Establishment might breathe a sigh of relief right up to the point they realize that no one’s coming back. The mask slipped too many times when Boehner and McConnell came into power. If you doubt this, consider that the RNC and their Obamacare attacks aren’t exactly being met with a fanfare of cheers, as this example shows. If this trend continues, and no one’s buying the usual lines and theater, from what group will the energy to cause a wave election flow? For the Establishment’s consideration, if the Republicans blow 2014 like 2012, from where will the money their big donors stop sending flow?
As for the Democrats? They might have more cause for joy as the only real opposition to them will have disappeared. It should last right up to the point a financial collapse they didn’t believe would happen occurs and they find themselves without freebies or the capacity to afford any big government at all. By then, it will be a bit late to consider that the Tea Party might have had a point.
Those engaged in wishful thinking might want to reconsider. They might just get it.