So Obama and the Tea Party have essentially had some time to show how well they are going to govern. However; they were governing over completely different America's; not just a radically different psyche, but also radially different eco-political landscape.
I tip my hat to my fellow tailgaters, fellow Americans, and fellow voters; your jedi mind tricks make Yoda himself blush a forest green. The (dis)approval ratings of the President is a revelation, so too is the (dis)approval rating of Congress. How do we explain the 2009 Obama? Pure Gold! He surged into office, with the support of folks dissilusioned with the economy. I even recall newspaper articles touting Obama as the "magic negro". While the right-wingers in the country laughed at the comparison; it seems they are the ones touting his failures as a magician. Hey Obama, where's your rabbit in a hat that's going to cause us to have 4% GDP growth! But the real masterwork of the American people is the Jedi Mind Trick known as the Tea Party... which should be known now as Admirality "We-Don't-Want-to-Pay-for-What-We've-Already-Received" (WDWtPfWWAr, or Who-dee-Poof-er) and their performance in 2010.
We previously had the Who-Dee-Poof-er's during the Bush administration; they didn't want to reform social security; they didn't want to bring in "immigration reform", even though 99% of the immigrants here illegally came through open-door-policies under Bush and Clinton. But the title of "Captains" which that previous electorate may claim, doesn't do justice to the Tea Party. I've seen old folks with signs one one side that say "Taxed Enough Already" and on another one say "Don't Touch my Entitlements!"* Did you already know that your votes have moved forward the "Who-Dee-Poof" agenda for 3 decades? Not one budget surplus; but 30 years of debt buildup? Now that's admiral material American voter! Pick your favorite bipolar celebrity... and think of them as having 120 million votes to case in the over the years... Democrat-Republican-Democrat-Republcian... they don't seem to like either party. And polls now show the Tea Party losing popularity.
For someone who'll actually govern American, we'll need to turn to Obama as the President in 2012. The Tea Party is more like a science demonstration; however there is an object lesson for Obama. "Listen here, Magic Nego, if you don't do what the voters want and at least try to cut some spending, we may roll out Mr. Tea Party himself (or in this case, Ms. Tea Party herself) against you in 2012". That's the Tea Party value proposition.
* - Not really but it makes some awesome rhetoric