The tea party isn't what is once was. But the IRS's targeting of conservative groups could give the movement some new momentum.
The explosive nature of the admission is evident -- conservative media will be all over this -- but the political implications of the budding scandal are a little harder to suss out this early.
Answering that question requires first looking more closely at the tea party movement, which has faded in some ways but persisted in others.
Today's vote on a Sandy aid bill suggests the Class of 2012 may be even harder for Speaker John Boehner to handle than the Class of 2010.
The tea party is at a low ebb at the moment. But is the beginning of the end or the start of a new beginning?
Sen. Saxby Chambliss's (R-Ga.) decision to publicly break with Grover Norquist last week has momentarily turned him into one of the top targets of the conservative base. To a surprising extent, really.
When manipulating the Constitution goes wrong.