(THE HILL) — The Tea Party is falling to pieces.
In presidential, House and Senate races, the Tea Party is struggling to float viable and effective candidates, unify its base and dictate the terms of national discourse on the economy.
It is a harsh comedown for a movement that two years ago sent dozens of its members to Congress, revolutionized conservative grassroots organizing and forced both parties to make the national debt and federal spending their top policy concerns.
“I think the Tea Party’s dying out as the economy’s slowly getting better,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
But the movement’s leaders are calling predictions of their demise overblown, arguing they faced the same cynicism and doubts before the 2010 midterm elections.