Senate Tea Party Caucus Holds First Meeting - NYTimes.com
Today, the back benches. Tomorrow, the presidency....on Thursday it became official: Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, the Tea Party patron, and the freshmen senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah held the first official gathering of the Senate Tea Party Caucus.
And the three Republicans quickly picked up a new recruit: Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin.
But other newly elected Republican senators have refused to join, including some who had Tea Party support in the fall campaign...