Tea Party Movement

Tea Party House Republicans are slowly vanishing

Former Alaskan Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin
Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Tea Party movement, which swept Washington and the House majority in 2010 amid anger over a political system they claimed was disconnected from American values, is slowly dwindling, the AP's Lisa Mascaro writes.

Why it matters: "Now, with [Republican] control of the House again at stake this fall and just three dozen of them seeking re-election, the tea party revolts shows the limits of riding a campaign wave into the reality of governing," says Mascaro.

Democratic enthusiasm for 2018 mirrors GOP's in 2010

Supporters of the Tea Party movement listen to speakers at a Tea Party Express rally in 2010.
Supporters of the Tea Party movement listen to speakers at a Tea Party Express rally in 2010. Photo: Jason Andrew/Getty Images

A new NBC News/WSJ poll reveals that 66% of Democrats have a "high level of interest" in this fall's midterm elections — compared to 49% of Republicans.

Flashback: This is a mirror image of Republican enthusiasm ahead of the 2010 midterms, which resulted in a Tea Party sweep in Congress. At that time, the same NBC/WSJ poll showed that 66% of Republicans had a "high level of interest" compared to 49% of Democrats.