Rove was quite willing to accept the 2010 mid-term election result that gave the Republicans the House. It was the TEA party that influenced those victories. One of the wonderful things about the TEA party is that it wasn't a political party at all. It was a grass roots movement of middle Americans who were fed up with big government and its intrusions into people's private lives; ever increasing government spending; and ever increasing taxes. The TEA party rallies weren't protesting gay marriage, gun control or legal immigration. They were protesting Obamacare, illegal immigration the increased taxes these actions would require.