Jeff- my use of the term 'pilot program' is my own...I have no inside information. I think when organizations try something new or different, the term may be used to provide some flexibility. If the program works, 'Great! Let's figure out how to expand it.' If it doesn't work out, then the plug is pulled because not too much has been invested...'it was only a pilot'.
A positive yes-yes vote will put the above hypothesis to the test!
I would guess there are a few tea party people out there, just like there are probably a few, very liberal people, out there; which is probably a good thing. It's just too bad that most of these far right or far left people don't have respect for the other side. It's like they never learned to agree to disagree.