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Passionate, fast-expanding and armed with all the latest electronic technology that Mr. Obama deployed so brilliantly in his campaign - Facebook, Twitter, and so on - the Tea Partiers surely will influence candidate selections and electoral races this year and in 2012. The question is, how fully will they embrace the radicalism of their own radically American creed?

Myron Magnet is City Journal’s editor-at-large and was its editor from 1994 through 2006. He is the author of “The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties’ Legacy to the Underclass” (Encounter Books, 2000). This article first appeared at