RedState's Eric Erickson, one the the Tea Party's figureheads, has called for urgent surgery to save the movement. He's worried that Tea Partiers have no recruiting strategy and poor leadership; but worst of all, he thinks the "brand has been effectively destroyed" by "three years of demonizing the Tea Party as 'racist,' 'extremist,' and 'radical.'" Piling on the rhetoric, he adds, "the brand has become a cancer."
It is now a drag on the candidates it supports, with the Left (and GOP establishment types like Karl Rove) gleefully labeling conservative candidates as "outside the mainstream."
In the meantime, while the Tea Party had once enjoyed 24% popularity, according to a recent Rasmussen poll, only 8% of Americans now identify themselves as members of the Tea Party.
Erickson's prescription for the Tea Party's future? "Keep the mission, dump the name, go forth and multiply."