It has taken 15 months for this kind of analysis to be done but a major polling agency has validated my initial take on the Tea Party:
Some Republicans are mad they lost the election and they cannot get over it.
Gallup's analysis shows that there is no discernible daylight between the Tea Party and Republicanism. This immediately prompts the question,
If Republicans and Tea Partiers are one and the same, why bother to call these Tea Party rallies anything but Republican Rallies?
The answer is, people do not like what Republicans did with their last turn at governing. The folks at FreedomWorks and the other Republican think tanks who fund and organize the Tea Parties know this and came up with a scheme to try to rebuild the Republican Party without calling it "Republican". That is how and why the Tea Parties were born in the first place and they have not moved ideologically or any other way since then.
What would happen if the Republicans score a major victory in the 2010 elections? The answer is that the Tea Party would be disbanded. They would have served their purpose and they would have been exposed for what they are. There would be no point in continuing them.
Gallup had this to say about their findings: