Tea Party groups have evolved over time. Initially, they were supposed to be grassroots, libertarian, and spontaneous; but there were many who almost immediately attempted to grab the Tea Party mantle and turn it into their own giant political machine.
The Republican Party's approval rating is the most dismal of all, clocking in lower than even the Democratic Party's approval. In other words, the voters are about to vote into power a party they like less than the party currently in power.
Tea Partiers want to cut the favorite target of conservatives -- "entitlements." The only problem with that is that most folks don't call these programs "entitlements," most folks call them "my Social Security check."
Tea Party candidates suffered defeats in yesterday's primaries in Indiana, Ohio, and North Carolina, but are enjoying varying degrees of success in Florida, Kentucky, and Utah. It's going to be an interesting election season to watch.
PBS's NewsHour and the Christian Science Monitor have created an interactive map showing the geographic distribution of self-identified Tea Partiers. It reveals some interesting truths about the movement -- and the GOP's future.
The question is: "What, exactly, in the federal budget will you cut to attack the deficit?" Because the answers to that are going to be the most effective argument to make against the Tea Party movement's surge.