House Republicans fell in line. They voted to drop the sequester that Obama had agreed to in 2011.
This was a major symbolic victory for the Democrats. The Republican leadership is no longer a threat on the deficit issue.
As for the Tea Party, about one quarter of voters are favorable, a quarter are opposed, and half just do not care. So says Gallup.
With the deficit massive, the spending out of control, and the Federal Reserve pumping in $1 trillion a year, the vote in the House was symbolic. It was a bunch of drunken sailors voting for 150-proof white lightning rather than 90-proof Jack Daniels.
The public does not care. Neither do the economists. As long as interest rates are low, and the economy is growing, the voters are uninterested. They respond to pain. So does Congress. There is not much pain these days. So, voters do not care.
The voters want their handouts. They figure the rich will pony up. As long as their taxes stay capped, they don’t care about federal spending.
The Tea Party voters feel betrayed. They shouldn’t. There never was going to be a wedding. It was a series of one-night stands. The Republican Eastern Establishment is in charge, and always has been. They have an occasional fling with the Right, but nothing ever comes of it. The Right asks: “Will you still love me in the morning?” The Republican Establishment says, “Sure, honey, you can count on me.”
These people are slow learners.