Much has been written this week about the apparent demise of the Tea Party not only here in Georgia but across the nation.  Debbie Dooley’s ill-fated trip north has been well documented, and while she promises to keep the pressure on the Speaker, the margin of victory for Ralston, (65%-35%) seems to be all that need be said.  On the Senate side, Tea Party favorite Paul Broun could never quite pick up any momentum, while late choice Karen Handel fell to ‘establishment candidate’ Jack Kingston and failed to reach the runoff.  Dark days for a movement that once seemed poised to take over the Republican party.*

*As an aside, there is an argument to be made that the essential platform of the Tea Party has been absorbed into the Republican establishment.  In that sense, while the corporeal form of the Tea Party may be gone, its spirit remains like the ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi guiding young Luke Skywalker in his bid to gain a majority in the U.S. Senate.  That, however, is a different story for a different day.   

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