Will the Tea Party movement swing this year’s federal elections?

Posted Feb. 08, 2010, at 3:43 p.m.

The Tea Party held its first convention last weekend, with 2008 GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin delivering the keynote address. Will this movement, based in opposition to President Barack Obama’s agenda, gain momentum in the months leading up to the Congressional mid-term elections? What moves has the president made that alienated those who supported him in 2008? Will the Tea Party movement be like Ross

Perot’s candidacy in 1992, galvanizing opposition to government deficit spending? Will it succeed like the GOP’s Contract With America of 1994 in winning control of Congress for fiscal conservatives? Or is the anger seen at the convention the sentiment of a minority that never supported the president?