When did Ted Cruz’ challenge against David Dewhurst for the Texas Senate become a referendumon the tea party? Probably the same time as every other race with a Tea Party-backed candidate: as soon as he threw his hat in the ring.
It seems everyone is waiting for the tea party, with its platform consisting primarily of Constitution worship, to lose momentum and slip into the cracks of history. Each big race with a tea party-backed candidate becomes a litmus test of public support for the pseudo-third party.
That question was supposed to be over with after landslide victories in 2010, most notably of Florida’s Marco Rubio to the Senate and Kentucky’s Rand Paul to the House. But apparently each state and every must prove the power of tea party fervor through election results. With the crushed hopes of Democrats in trying to oust tea party-darling Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, deniers look “darn silly,” a Las Vegas columnist wrote.