The "tea party" movement plainly has shaken up American politics and economic policymaking. Will international economic policy be next?
The "tea party" has emerged from the midterm elections ready to man a permanent lookout tower, their eyes trained on Congress.
If the "tea party" is the story of 2010, then Marco Rubio's rise from anti-establishment challenger to senator-elect is the story of the insurgent movement itself.
There's drama, sideshows, endless analysis. Unprecedented midterm election-night coverage has been ramped up to epic proportions by broadcasters, fueled by extravagant technology and a chance for lucrative ratings and buzz.
"I think this is going well," remarked New Yorker editor David Remnick to his audience at a weekend panel on the tea party movement.
Who rules the "tea party"? One thing is certain, liberals have no idea who their opponent is, and they and the mainstream media are desperate to find out.
Kate Zernike, a national correspondent for the New York Times, is, according to her publisher, "exceptional among mainstream reporters in portraying the Tea Party without the preconceived notions employed by others in her profession."
"Tea party" activists gathered in capitals on each coast Sunday to spread their message of smaller government and focus their political movement on the pivotal November elections.
"I am opposed to the building of the 'mosque' two blocks from ground zero. I want it built on ground zero," says filmmaker Michael Moore. Uh-oh.