A recent Tea Party Second Amendment program attracted an overflow crowd to a rear dining room at the First Street Family Restaurant in Simi Valley. A few days later, a couple of hundred people, many of them local Tea Party members, attended a "Day of Resistance" gun rights rally and march in Ventura.
Jonathan Rauch has an interesting article on George Wallace as the spiritual father of the modern conservative movement (though he’s at pains—implausibly—to say that race has nothing to do with it) which he claims is a kind of betrayal of “real” conservatism:
There’s an enormous amount to like in John Judis’ broad historical and intellectual overview of the Tea Party phenomenon. That said, I thought his conclusion was a bit at odds with the main thrust of the analysis: