Consider what the towel-snapping Tea Party crazies have already accomplished. They’ve changed the entire discussion. They’ve neutralized the White House. They’ve whipped their leadership into submission. They’ve taken taxes and revenues off the table. They’ve withered the stock and bond markets. They’ve made journalists speak to them as though they’re John Calhoun and Alexander Hamilton.

via Tempest in a Tea Party –

For the all the discussion about the lack of responsiveness on the part of elected officials, the notion that government fails to respond to its citizens seems all but absurd when one considers what the Tea Party has been able to accomplish in the debt limit debacle.  One wonders if alternative movements, ones that place the financial and social health of the nation at the forefront of its platform, would be so successful in bringing the establishment to its needs?