August 16, 2011 4:18 AM

Commentary: Tea party's decline is a hopeful sign for thinking Americans

Cheer up. Not everything went down over the last two weeks. In the midst of that bleak litany of decline, there was a bright spot. Indeed, one leading indicator registered a sharp uptick. For the first time, it seems, more than half the American electorate now holds a negative view of the tea party movement. If you're wondering what that is a leading indicator of, the answer is simple: common sense.

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