Whatever the issue, following the money pretty well defines who is behind it. In the case of the tea party, that noble grassroots movement who only wants no taxes and more wars (yeah I exaggerate but only a bit), somebody paid for all those buses descending upon DC. Yes, it takes people willing to ride them but they might be surprised at who is aiding this cause.. or maybe not.
The billionaires behind the tea party movement
And as Frank Rich asked in his article above, what is Obama doing about this? Well I might wonder if Obama even wants a second term from the way he is acting right now. Maybe he found this job wasn't quite what he expected. If the Democratic party begins to doubt his fire for the job, might I suggest we start nominating Hillary in the primaries. We know she's got the fire. He better prove he does or it might not be a question of whether she runs as his veep...
We cannot take this next election lightly as the agenda from the tea party is nothing that people like myself will respect or want. Worse, their leaders like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are revolting and if nothing else can get us fired up, it should be who might be in power next! John Boehner as Speaker of the House? No matter how much you don't like Nancy Pelosi, just imagine two years of listening to Boehner and it might make you more interested in November.
For those who say it doesn't matter who gets in, they all do the same, just remember the wars and the deficit that Bush brought about, the demolished environmental regulations, the rewarding of corporate power by more power, remember that and you might remember also that there is a difference. For everything they didn't do enough of, you can see what the Republicans would have done (or worse the tea party nuts like Sharron Angle who would end SS if she could). Remember what the right did do when they had the absolute power. No matter what their words now, it won't change when they have it again.