Is The Tea Party Over?
No prime time speaker at the RNC has yet mentioned the Tea Party.
Not a single one of the 38 speakers during the convention’s key prime time hours has even mentioned the phrase, according to an examination of their transcripts — a sign both of Romney’s own distance from the movement and that polls have suggested that voters view the movement negatively.
Senator Rand Paul, another Tea Party favorite, didn’t mention it at all.
One major speaker, texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz, did allude to the Tea Party directly, though he referred to it only as a “great awakening.”