As one of the first to chronicle and applaud its rise, I am not ready to pronounce the death of the tea party movement. But there are plenty of reasons to believe that what was a concerted and focused force in politics is becoming more that of a less focused and more diffused effort.

Some who have created their political fortunes under the tea party mantel, particularly its “leaders” in various parts of the nation, refuse to accept that what remains a great overall philosophy is no longer a “party” with which vast numbers want to identify. That has been established in numerous surveys of likely Republican voters around the nation. But the shift in support of the tea party itself does not mean the effort is dead. 

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