The New Conservative Party?

On a cold night in December 1773, colonists in Boston burst into the harbor dressed as Native Americans, boarded British ships, and dumped boxes of tea into the harbor. This reckless act of defiance demonstrated their discontent with Britain’s “tyrannical” policy of taxation without representation. Over two centuries later in response to the 2008 government bailout and 2009 stimulus package, the Tea Party movement has adopted their revolutionary moniker. Does this new party have the political clout to become the new dominant conservative party, or is it simply a group of Republicans repackaging their angst over the 2008 election? The Tea Party movement has straightforward goals: limited government, fiscal responsibility, and a free market. Is this a truly new political movement, or more of the same from the beleaguered political right?