"The tea party is not really a party." Right.
You're better off, and more accurate, referring to "The Tea Parties". They are a loose affiliation of loosely-organized groups. That is their strength: Alynski-ite tactics which target leaders for isolation and destruction are useless against what presents as an amorphous blob. Our leaders are moral and historical, like Jefferson, Madison, and the full Constitution. How can you campaign against de Tocqueville?