There is significant overlap between Americans who identify as supporters of the Tea Party movement and those who identify as conservative Republicans. Their similar ideological makeup and views suggest that the Tea Party movement is more a rebranding of core Republicanism than a new or distinct entity on the American political scene.
No shit. That won’t stop our media from pretending this is some new and emergent force in politics. No one could have predicted a movement funded by the Koch brothers and initiated by Dick Armey was actually just another Republican effort.