Just a tad premature.
The tea party, at least its widespread influence on Republican congressional candidates, “is over,” declared the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the party group charged with electing Democrats to the House.
“House Republican incumbents—and their candidates—are running as far away from the Tea Party as they can,” a pre-election DCCC memo provided to Yahoo News reads. “Regardless of whether [Republicans] win or lose, the Tea Party of 2010 is over. They’ve been forced on defense in the message fight all cycle long, and now those who win will have done so by giving up on the Tea Party.”
The memo argues that Republican lawmakers who arose from the tea party are now promoting bipartisanship and willingness to compromise in their re-election bids instead of embracing the hard-line messages that propelled their campaigns two years ago.