According to Yahoo News, there's three reasons why the Tea Party is losing it's luster during this August. I wish I could say it was because they're coming to their senses, but they're as bat-sh** crazy as ever. Birtherism is up. The party is down with shutting the government. The movement is okay with North Carolina's stricter voting laws. You'd think this would be a banner time for them. But evidently not, and here's why:
1. The anti-immigration Tea Party crowd is being out-crazied
Despite the heroic efforts of Rep. Steve "Cantaloupe Calves" King, the anti-immigration faction of the Tea Party is being crowded out by voices even farther out on the fringe.
Here's Oklahoma tea party U.S. representative Markwayne Mullin squaring off with the self-professed Tea Party princess. It looks like there's even a tea party wing of the tea partiers. Right of right. Maybe two wrongs don't make a right, but two wrongs certainly make for some crazy people.
And if you're wondering if the birtherism movement is slowing in Congress, just look at this from the Republican Rollcall site:
Mullin is the latest GOP lawmaker to raise doubts about Obama’s place of birth. Earlier in the week, Florida Rep. Ted Yoho said he would back legislation from Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, that would, according to Yoho, “look into the birth certificate” issue.
2. The Republican leadership wants no part of Tea Party agitation
For all we know, the Tea Party fizzle may be exactly what the Republican leadership wants. According toPolitico, "House Republican leaders have spoken about immigration only when asked during the August recess."
According to the same article, Tea Party favorites like Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz haven't been leading the anti-immigration parade either, despite their opposition to the bipartisan Senate bill. It seems that Senator Cruz is siphoning off conservative grassroots energy for his fight against ObamaCare and the lemmings are following him off that cliff. The only one out there ginning up support for anti-immigration reform seems to be the ever lampoonable Steve King. You all remember this little ditty:
3. Republican money is on the other side
The 2009 town hall outbursts were nationally organized in part by conservative groups FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity, which were funded by the billionaire Koch brothers.
But the Kochs support immigration reform, as do Karl Rove and 100 other major Republican donors. As of June, pro-immigration groups had outspent opponents more than 3-to-1.
So, there you have it. The Tea Party is as nutty as ever, but losing a bit of steam. As more and more of them speak out, the more concentrated their support among themselves, but the more fringe of their party their losing. Like in the video above with Rep. Markwayne Mullin, these hardcore Teabaggers are starting to sound like the crazy Christians shouting at the passing cars.
Praise the Lord for that.