It's a pretty safe bet that a lot of Republicans have had their fill of tea lately.
For months, South Carolina GOP officials have quietly complained that the party has been hijacked by those meddling tea partiers. One of the problems is these folks have been programmed to think "compromise" -- the bread and butter of politics -- is a dirty word.
Sort of like "Democrat."
Of course, no one says this publicly because it doesn't take much to get the sign-toters campaigning against them.
All of which might explain why some Republicans are taking such delight in watching Gov. Nikki Haley try to win back the people who got her elected -- and fail miserably.
This week, tea party types loudly criticized Haley's plan to form a Tea Party Coalition in the governor's office to help "advise" her. Talbert Black, a tea party activist from Haley's home county, saw the move as an attempt to "neutralize the tea party groups' criticism."
All out of love
These tea party types have proven wildly influential in South Carolina. Haley's election is proof of that.
But now the honeymoon is over (a common plight of tea party darlings). Shortly after she took office, tea party types felt the need to pressure Haley not to compromise on her signature issue, roll-call voting.
Since then, things have gone from shaky to Titanic. Activists have complained the governor has abandoned some campaign promises and is too chummy with the Legislature. Which is funny, since it is the one area she's shown improvement over her predecessor, Mark Sanford.
But mostly, the tea party has chilled to Haley for accepting federal money to get the new federal health care programs rolling in the state. As she is required to do by law.
Then there's Amazon. True, the governor did try to play both sides of the fence. She said she opposed the deal but promised she wouldn't veto it if the Legislature approved the sales tax safe-harbor.
And that kind of wishy-washiness doesn't fit with that whole "no compromise" philosophy.
Last year, the state Republican Party announced plans to form its own tea party coalition, which went over like the plague.
The state GOP was accused of attempting to control these activists, which it was, and quickly dropped the whole thing.
It's become an establishment GOP talking point that the tail is wagging the dog here. True, but the party also has meddled with the tea party.
Why else would two state groups hold press conferences last week to talk about the overriding need for tort reform? That's not exactly a topic of conversation in your average Walmart -- it's the pet issue of the business-lackey arm of the GOP.
It would be good if the tea party learned a lesson from this, that no politician is perfect, and it should quit falling in love with every charlatan that comes along (see Trump, Donald).
If they really want to make a difference, the tea partiers should figure out that compromise is not a dirty word, it's life. Foolishly latching on to every politician who promises the moon is a recipe for disaster.
And in the real world, it's kind of naive.