Tea partiers expected better results after they tossed out a legion of Democratic congressmen two years ago. But too little has changed in Washington’s politics and policies. The spending continues, the deficits keep growing, and many of the new tea party congressmen have been co-opted by the Republican establishment, coerced into compromise.
Understandably, the tea party feels somewhat burned, its members are more cynical about their ability to force real change. Add to that their skepticism about Romney, who adopted his own version of Obamacare while governor of Massachusetts.
But it was Obama’s health care bill that ignited the tea party in the first place.
Followers saw it as the manifestation of their fears of an out-of-control government, the last straw on the camel’s back of freedom. Even though 2010 didn’t produce the repeal of Obamacare they’d demanded, they held out hope the Supreme Court would toss the bill.
With that hope now gone, the fear and anger are back.