No, I didn't. I implied it didn't have the implications that you said it did. And it doesn't.
Your opinion, and not a very widespread one either.
To the contrary. No one actually understands the Tea Party. It's not anything remotely approaching a unified group. It's a big mishmash of highly incompatible philosophies united only by dissatisfaction with the current government.
It's a loose coalition mainly for communication on the one overriding concern, disastrous government economic policy for the last 80 years. Sums it up real easy. I know it, you know it, the establishment Republicans know it and the Democrats know it.
Straw polls are notorious for basically being nearly worthless predictors of who is leading the actual polls and who will go on to to have a successful campaign.
Not worthless or they wouldn't have them and the candidates spend as much time on them as they do. Often they don't have much impact except for early momentum. Bachmann won Iowa poll, then fell back. Cain won this outta nowhere by a big margin. He may fall back, but may not. The only thing it's saying is he MAY be getting traction, pay a little closer attention and see, that's all.