One of the most remarkable aspects about the Tea Party is that it vanished nearly as quickly as it first appeared. When writing my book, I was stunned at how quickly it became influential. Now, Dave Weigel writes that the formerly-powerful Tea Party Caucus in Congress–instrumental in placing pressure on the Pro-Life Democrats to oppose the ACA, is done.
Today, the membership page for the caucus is defunct. The caucus hasn’t met since July 2012; it has posted no news since July 2012. In the press, “Tea Party caucus” has become an offhand way to refer to conservatives. In her speech to CPAC, which included a typically Bachmann-ian error about how much TANF money is wasted on administration, Bachmann didn’t mention “the Tea Party.”
So long Tea Party.
H/T Doug Mataconis.