The 2014 primaries are now pretty much over and the Tea Party has lost every contest where it tried to oust an incumbent Republican. As a political force in America, the Tea Party now is only a shadow of its former self, although the more liberal media will likely continue to prop it up to embarrass Republicans.
Early in the cycle Tea Party allied groups selected six GOP senators and one congressman for defeat, claiming they were all too “moderate.” Their biggest target was Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi, but they also went after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Congressman Mike Simpson of Idaho. They also tried to nominate Tea Party types for the Senate in Georgia, North Carolina and Oklahoma. They fell short in every race.