Basically, the Tea Party congressional caucus is pointing a knife directly at the hearts of the seniors who elected them. These seniors were drawn to the voting booth by promises that Obamacare would be repealed. What they have gotten instead are two things: a) the Ryan Plan, which basically ends any significant access to medical care for people over 65; and b) a certainty that any budget cuts that come in the next few weeks will hobble Medicare and cut Social Security payments.
Overwhelmingly, the far right is old. Or, it was. Now that these people are seeing up close and personal what it really means in their lives, it doesn’t seem likely that the right is going to retain much of a constituency. The audience profiles of right wing radio and Fox news is powerfully skewed toward older listeners and viewers. They must be feeling profoundly betrayed.