August 8, 2011
The tea party is here to stay. The 2-year-old phenomenon's muscular role in the debt-ceiling crisis made that clear, despite earlier predictions it would fade away when the national furor over health care cooled down.
Texas Tech University political scientist Tim Nokken warns against overstating the
tea party's influence. "I'm not sure the GOP is going to march lock-step with the
tea party," he said in an email.