In today’s Washington Times, Ralph Hallow looks at what the Tea Party’s scaled back tax day activities say about the current state of the movement (link). The political operatives and consultants interviewed for the article, including TargetPoint president Michael Meyers, agree that this definitely does not signify waning influence. Instead:
The diminishing clatter of the tea party’s cups is also the result of less trembling as the prospect of an all-Obama, all-the-time atmosphere appears a bit less threatening. “There are fewer tea party protests with less intensity because, with the GOP controlling the House, the fear about the worst elements of the Democrat’s agenda has subsided,” said Alexandria-based campaign consultant Michael Meyers.