But they kind of did… But perhaps not because they were “too far right”.
(This may be what you are saying, it’s hard to partake exactly whenever you are saying “the tea party didn’t kill them” or “they didn’t do it by being too far right”)
The problem with the tea party, is that they were zealots. They were irrational. They refused to compromise. They were hyper partisan.
The GOP exploited this to get out the vote, and take control. But in doing so, they became inextricably linked to that zealotry… To that hyper partisanship.
And the result of that, is that even after they held control of Congress and the presidency, they still couldn’t do things. They failed to govern, because they were driven by irrational ideology instead of pragmatic operational goals.
It wasn’t their being “conservatives” that killed them. It was that they were irrational zealots.
And irrational zealots are not who you want to court, even if they seem like an easy Mark to get votes from.