You may wonder how the Tea Party and Religious Right have gained and currently wield so much power. First you need to look at how they have gained this power. Just by saying "No" to anything that is not part of their agenda they were able to assure the Republican Party had no power except what they were willing to give them. The Tea Party usurped the Republican Party and replaced our two party system with a Parliamentary system of government. It is clear why the Tea Party wishes to ignore the President and wants Congress to have all the power. The goal is and has always been to create a Parliamentary Government environment. The real goal of the Tea Party was to create a voting block within the Congress and Senate that must be dealt with in order to advance their agenda by forming a coalition. This is why the Republican Party has had to shift so far right to accommodate this coalition. If you take a look at the government in the UK, the supreme legislative power is vested in the Queen-in-Parliament; although in practice in modern times, real power is vested in the House of Commons. The house of commons in the UK (equal to our Congress) wields the most power even over the House of Lords (equal to our senate).
Now let's look at how they are maintaining and wielding this power. The easiest way to explain this that I can come up with is the "Monkey Experiment".
Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.
Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.
Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth.
Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.
After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana.
Why not? Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been done.
Look at Senator Richard Luger and Senator Oympia Snowe and how they were treated by the Tea Party. Can you not see how the Tea Party is attacking the other monkeys?
Are you going to let them get away with getting rid of our Democracy and just handing over the power to them or are you going to put a fight?