The tea party won’t help. It’s primary concerns are economic and fiscal. And most Catholics have used birth control some time in their lives, so they’re not going to get too upset if a Catholic pharmacist is forced to dispense birth control or even Plan B, or if a church-owned hospital or university (and most of the latter are Catholic in name only) has to pay indirectly for health insurance that pays for birth control. So maybe this ship already sailed?
Tea Party consists of people. The upcoming Romney fiasco with his fiscal-economic campaign hopefully will serve the T-Party a lesson: value conservatism is the cornerstone of all conservatism.
If that lesson gets learned, then the transformation of the political culture started in 2008 mostly on fiscal grounds will become permanent. Otherwise, yeah, the ship has sailed.