If the tea-party movement becomes a semi-formal auxiliary of the GOP, its influence will decline. If it becomes a third party, it will bring about the victory of its greatest adversaries. If it continues to style itself as a movement that holds the feet of all elected officials in both parties to the fire, then it will become — like the pro-life, Second Amendment, and civil-rights movements before it — a durable and influential part of the political landscape that has a particular force in drawing new people into political action and voting.Read it here.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Asked about the future of the Tea Party movement, Karl Rove responded: