The Left has done everything it could to try to stomp the Tea Party out of existence. It tried ignoring it, smearing it, berating it, lying about it, and claiming that it had run its course and was now dead, replaced by the socialist glories of Occupy Wall Street.
The Left viciously and brutally attacked the Tea Party for one simple reason: it represents an existential threat to the Left's redistributionist agenda. Therefore, it must be destroyed.
Well, that hasn't worked out so well. The Tea Party racked up major victories in 2010, replacing old-school RINOs with true conservatives and then sending them to the House and Senate and Governorships. After the Tea Party's big electoral successes, the Left went after it even more aggressively, and then, in epic wishful thinking, proclaimed it toast.
Well now. Witness yesterday's election results in Indiana. Longtime GOP Senator Richard Lugar was routed in his primary against conservative former state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Lugar had the GOP establishment behind him, and tellingly, the Democrats said they wouldn't really contest the November election if Lugar were the nominee. Lugar was a Republican the Democrats could get with. So the Republican voters in Indiana decided to retire him so he can go hang out with them.
While the Left was busily trying to bury the Tea Party, the Tea Party was busily working the grassroots, recruiting candidates, educating the public on limited government and fiscal responsibility, and winning primaries and general elections. Not every Tea Party candidate scores a win (see: Christine O'Donnell, Sharon Angle), but every race and candidate are different and in politics, no group, party, or candidate has a 100% perfect record of victory. But the Tea Party has scored some major wins (see: Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, Allen West), and its ability to translate grassroots support to actual victories at the ballot box is not to be underestimated.
Yesterday's news from Indiana proves the point, but the Tea Party's work has only just begun. Next up: protecting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker from being recalled next month by the government unions. And then onward to November.
The tea remains strong. And it's still steeping.
P.S.: I love how the Left is still trying to stick the "extremist" label on the Tea Party, when it (and the president it spawned) is the most radical, extreme force in the United States today.