Republicans could win this battle but lose the war. Many who end up voting for Tea Party-backed Republicans will be shocked when candidates get elected to office who don't support anything they don't find in their 19th-century view of the Constitution.
The economic meltdown that short-sighted "free market" policies brought upon us has now given the rich and powerful the opening to push their advantage more aggressively than ever.
Though Tea Partiers and the radical libertarians cast themselves as defenders of the Constitution, "Firearms Freedom" laws are in fact more in tune with the Anti-Federalists, who opposed ratification of our Constitution.
The core of all democratic rights is the right to political speech. When citizens engage with one another and with their elected representatives, the outcome is always good. That is why the Tea Party movement deserves both our praise and our thanks.