In 2008, independents frustrated with establishment politics found a hero in Texas Republican Ron Paul. Warning voters about the dangers of an overstretched and overcommitted government, Paul provided today’s Tea Partiers with a blueprint for grassroots success.
Republicans like Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Mike Pence of Indiana, and Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul — Ron’s son — have embraced the Tea Party movement. NationalJournal.com talked to Ron Paul last week about the energy of today’s grassroots movements and the Republican Party’s evolving relationship with the Tea Partiers.
NJ: Judging from how the Tea Party movement has grown, has the Ron Paul revolution been a success?