Five Reasons the Tea Party Is Not Lobbying for End of Ethanol Subsidies

Republican Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma were Tea Partiers before the term existed. Staunch fiscal and social conservatives who are unafraid to alienate colleagues with principled but unpopular crusades, DeMint and Coburn have long been scourges of wasteful government spending, no matter how small.

Tea Party's First Legislative Victory

Round one in the Republican establishment vs. the Tea Party goes to the Tea Party. It persuaded Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to back a ban on pork-barrel spending.

The Democrats' 2012 Rust Belt Problem

Republicans made big midterm gains in the Upper Midwest, an essential area for Democrats to carry in any presidential election. What caused the shift—and what could Democrats do to regain their footing there?

Tea Party Celebrates in Washington

Activists from across the country gathered in a Capitol Hill hotel on election night to revel in Republican victories. This was no Jon Stewart rally; they don't do irony.

The GOP's Marriage of Convenience

This election, the longtime Beltway insiders running FreedomWorks have seamlessly allied themselves with the insurgent political neophytes of the Tea Party movement. The Washington group offers political know-how to the ragtag band of activists, and the latter provides free labor in battleground districts—as well as street cred—to the former.

A Look at Tea Party Election-Day Battle Plans

The Tea Party movement is an amalgam of local groups working in coalition. It sounds like a recipe for chaos, but they are using new media and partnerships with more established conservative organizations to directly help Republicans in close races.

Why Are Democrats Down in Pennsylvania?

Democrats look likely to lose a Senate seat and congressional seats in Pennsylvania, even though it has been leaning more Democratic in recent elections, because they've managed to spend too much money for its suburban voters and not enough for its rural voters.