The Tea Party helped a social conservative to win the GOP nomination for the Senate race in Missouri. The candidate made comments about rape and abortion that went beyond what GOP leadership is willing to tolerate. They asked their nominee to withdraw from the election but he has refused. He defended himself by saying that he used the wrong words, but that his heart was in the right place. He does not want to punished for what he said as long as his heart is pure. Comments like that make him look even more foolish to the electorate.
The GOP establishment has welcomed the Tea Party into its ranks. They help to bring out voters who are concerned about the social wedge issues that the GOP uses to their advantage. This has been a problem in the GOP primaries. The Tea Party candidates have defeated candidates with a better chance to win in the general election. The GOP may regret its embrace of the Tea Party. They made the GOP presidential candidates look foolish as they all tried to win Tea Party support. This made the party look foolish to the general public. America is really better than what the Tea Party represents.