Tea Party at second anniversary: What happens next?
The Tea Party has already stitched together a colorful history made of success and failure, anger and optimism and lots of controversy.
And as the movement marks its second anniversary, it's worth asking: Where is it headed?
"It started spontaneously and organically as a protest/rally movement. And it fully matured, because of the timing, into a movement that involved electoral politics," Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler told CNN.
"And so, here we are, on our second anniversary, we've proven that this is a movement that's here to stay. It's time to get serious about -- and pushing forward -- a long-term policy."