Over the course of this year, the tea party movement will probably be transformed. Right now, it is an amateurish movement with mediocre leadership. But several bright and polished politicians, like Marco Rubio of Florida and Gary Johnson of New Mexico, are unofficially competing to become its de facto leader. If they succeed, their movement is likely to outgrow its crude beginnings and become a major force in American politics. After all, it represents arguments that are deeply rooted in American history.
And those arguments are? Cutting taxes, getting the deficit under control, smaller government... but don't touch medicare or social security. Never mind the hypocrisy there. And global warming is a myth. I hope none of them live on the coasts.
As Brooks says, they're defined by what they're against. As far as I can tell, they're against solving the big problems this country faces. I think the ascendancy of the Tea Party movement is probably even worse for the country than the success of the current GOP.