Americans see them as basically the same thing.
National Republicans think tea party groups oppose the establishment for the sake of opposing the establishment. And they're kind of right.
Just 26 percent of Americans say they hold a favorable view of the movement.
More than half of all Republicans (51 percent) say the the tea party is separate in a new Pew poll.
The tea party's view on GOP congressional leaders has been on the decline since February.
Majority now says government is going "too far" restricting civil liberties
If you thought the Republican base was mad before, get ready for a potentially very interesting August recess.
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.