Well, it seems clear that this Tea Party movement is not going away. And it seems like it may end up contributing to a split in the Republican party. That's not to say that most of the Tea Partiers are registered Republicans. But I have a feeling that very few of them would support Democratic (or progressive) positions for the most part. They could prove to be a spoiler in the next election. In that case, the Tea Partiers would be as resented as Ross Perot and Ralph Nader (by Republicans and Democrats respectively) were.
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