Declino e caduta del Tea Party
Nel 2010 un sondaggio di Rasmussen rilevava che il 24% degli elettori si identificava con il Tea Party, il movimento populista di destra interno al Partito Repubblicano. Oggi quella cifra è scesa all'8%.
As the Tea Party peaked, I told NPR's Guy Raz that the protest movement was a 2010 phenomenon, and would fade unless its membership supplemented its presence in the streets with a clearer idea of the policy changes it sought. Ensuing months offered evidence that I was right. The Tea Party could never square its demands for smaller government with the desire of its membership to hold Social Security and especially Medicare sacrosanct. Its electoral wing failed to put forth any viable candidates in the 2012 primaries and was scarcely mentioned at the RNC. But even I'm surprised by the decline in support that Rasmussen is reporting based on a recent telephone survey of voters. Back in 2010, the polling organization found that 24 percent of voters identified as Tea Party members. In its most recent poll, only 8 percent of voters identify with the Tea Party and just 30 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of it.