Look, if the Tea Party was orchestrated to be that "responsible party" on all things "oversized government", why does it seem that everything they do is "attack the President and the Democrat party" if they are a mixture of Republicans, Democrats and Independents?" I would think with such a mixture of party voices they'd attack both sides, not just one. But that's what I hear from Tea Partiers: "We're here to stop all this out-of-control government spending and growth of government. Blame Obama, blame Democrats". Only near the end does anybody within the Tea Party begin to acknowledge that out-of-control spending was done by both parties, and it took President Obama to point that out, "re: Reagan raised the debt limit 18 times".
If the Tea Party really wants to be viewed as "the responsible voice in our national politics", they need to branch away from the Right-wing and form their own party affliliated with no one except themselves. Only thing can they be taken seriously as "the true voices of reason and compromise in Congress". Until then, I and most of America will only see them as the radical, ultra-conservative wing of the Republican party renamed and packaged to be something it's really not - holding both sides accountable - when in truth they're only a bunch of right-wing extremist. (Sidenote: I wonder who really controls them and sets their mandate? Bachmann, Ron Paul, Eric Cantor or someoney else?)