It’s safe to say that the Tea Party has been on somewhat of a downward spiral lately. Could it be that this is a strategic move and they're reserving their financial resources to gear up again after the GOP nominee is selected and than move forward with their strategy for the 2012 Presidential race? A Pew Research Center poll late last year confirmed the waning sentiment both nationally and in the hotbeds of congressional districts where Tea Party loyalists were elected. Some of this is media hype; they would like nothing more than to see this power house organization that has changed the landscape of American politics and elections quietly disappear forever. It’s only natural; a movement cannot hope to sustain a heightened level of enthusiasm day in and day out. After all, these are average Americans who have jobs and lives outside of politics. However, they like most of America, realize what is at stake in this 2012 Presidential election, and I wouldn't imagine them remaining idle for much longer.
But back to DeMint. I just find it interesting the South Carolina Senator has not been courted more by the candidates, at least not publicly. And if they are wooing him, DeMint’s not making a spectacle about it. If that’s his M.O., then more power to him. But it seems to me he would want to leverage the interest in his state and his Tea Party allegiances to only grow its power and influence. After all, politics is about influence – persuading your opponents and would-be supporters that yours is the right course of action.
I find it odd.