As we know, the energy of the Tea Party is fueling the energy within the Republican Party. Support for Tea Party-aligned candidates helped the GOP retake the House in the 2010 midterm elections. But a poll released today by Pew Research Center shows the bloom appears to be off the rose.

Basically, the cranky electorate that threw the bums out in 2008, in special elections in 2009 and in the midterms of 2010 remains so. And why shouldn’t they be? The dysfunction in Washington, especially over the last year, has given them plenty to be angry about.