Whether they do their damage at the polls, or through the courts...the underlying theme is the same: If its popular enough, it will happen. (see Obamacare decision in US Supreme Court)
The problem we face is that Conservatism, outside a few comfortable circles, is not widely popular. Even when Consevative themes can be sold in good reason, the average Joe feels powerless against the Supreme Being that is Government, which is empowered by his very own labors (tax dollars).
The average Joe needs to have control over his personal contributions to government. Until then, he is going to remain a slave to government.
I say: Stand with the Tea Party if you wish to advance Conservatism. Be counted with the boots on the ground at their events.