I posted this comment at Cowgirl and realized that audience is not one to target. So I am putting it here, where more intelligent readers occasionally happen by.
Has anyone but me noticed that the words “Tea Party” are slowly receding into the background? Cowgirl, who used to put out a noun and a verb and Tea Party in every other sentence, only rarely invokes the term now. Nationally, it’s appearing less and less. During the election, I hardly heard it mentioned, though I do not watch television commercials or debates. It has not disappeared, but is not being used as a boogeyman as frequently as it was.
The Tea Party conveniently appeared via a CNBC publicity stunt, and then was highlighted and promoted by Fox News. Its agents were portrayed as irrational and stupid. The psychological effect was to reverse the playing field, making Obama appear to be the opposite of crazy right wingers, a sane and rational liberal.
By this perception management device, Obama was able to step into Bush’s shoes and carry forward with the NeoCon agenda, his brigade behind him preoccupied by the Tea Party and oblivious to his real agenda.
I suspected that as Obama receded, so too would the Tea Party. It appears to be happening.