Political scientists wonder: Has the tea party's moment passed?

A second GOP strategist said he thought the Tea Party has appeared “strident” and uncompromising to independent voters.

He endorsed the analyses by Franklin, Madonna and Cain.

“There’s truth to that,” he said.

“The Tea Party looks at this and fully believes Washington is a waste of money and unaccountable money. Then there’s talk of a compromise and they say ‘Why do I want to run up all these debts? I want Washington to stop spending. I don’t want to raise the debt limit,’” said the strategist. “That can look strident to people whether independents or others.”