Tea party reshapes GOP, some cheer, some worry

Aiken Standard-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.

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.

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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.

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