One reason the Tea Party movement has been successful is it has divorced itself from the Taliban-like religious wing of the Republican Party. Like the Taliban, the religious right wants to impose its ideology on the rest of the country with a ban on abortion, prayer in schools, no stem cell research, etc.

These things are religious beliefs, and whether they agree with them or not, many conservatives are uncomfortable imposing their religion on others.

By sticking to the straight forward call for smaller, constitutional government, the TP has dodged the religious bullet. As usual KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) works.