Is the Tea Party Losing Its Strength? (David Corn, Politics Daily):
What a surprise: The Tea Party is not as popular as it once was. That was part of the news contained in a Washington Post/ABC News poll released this week. (The other hardly shocking and bad-for-Democrats news: only 29 percent are inclined to vote for their current representative in Congress.) Fifty percent of the respondents said they hold an "unfavorable impression" of this conservative, anti-Obama, anti-government movement -- an increase from 39 percent in March (when the health care reform slugfest was under way). Those with a favorable view dropped from 41 to 36 percent, and those folks with no opinion fell from 20 percent to 14 percent. Put this all together, and it appears that the more Americans see of the Tea Party, the less they like it.
I think the turning point was Arizona. If the Tea Partiers were really against Big Government, they'd have been leading the fight against the Arizona law. When the Tea Party was at best indifferent and some Tea Party stars, like Palin, supported it, the movement became ideologically incoherent.