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The TEA people are loosely organized. Just exactly what they want and which candidates merit their support is an ongoing debate.

Karl Denninger denigrates them because of polling which suggests the TEA people are in favor of maintaining a significant welfare state. Vox Popoli looks at different polls and mocks the TEA people for being in favor of pre-emptive war and nation building. From what I see, there is some overlap between all these factions. I maintain that they stand for exactly what their acronym represents: Taxed Enough Already.

It’s not a sophisticated movement, more an ad-hoc coalition of one shared sentiment. It is a strong and widely-held sentiment which has political weight. The TEA people have not formed a TEA Party with structure that can contend amidst existing major or minor political parties.

The Ron Paul faction is much closer to becoming an independent party. Because it is organized as a political campaign inside an established party framework, the RP crowd understands and accepts the necessity of formal structure.

They’re also much more experienced than TEA people at being marginalized by a political establishment. The RP faction understands their easiest path is not to build a new party, but to take one over. Some TEA people and various pundits talk about doing this. The Paulites have moved beyond talk:

Supporters of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul on Saturday effectively took control of the Clark County [Nevada] Republican Party by winning election to 14 executive board positions, or two-thirds of the ruling body.

The election came during the county GOP convention where Paul delegates dominated, winning as many as half of the 1,382 delegates nominated to the state convention May 2-4 in Sparks.

"This is the grass roots taking a stand to change the direction of the party from the county level," said Carl Bunce, Nevada chairman of Paul's campaign and a delegate. "This is bigger than just Ron Paul. This is about liberty and openness and fairness and changing the party."

Bunce said Paul supporters share the same goal as the other Republican candidates: to defeat President Barack Obama in the fall no matter who becomes the GOP nominee.

Still, the Paul factor could complicate things at the state convention for Mitt Romney, the GOP front-runner who won the Feb. 4 GOP presidential caucus in Nevada with 50 percent of the vote. He's still struggling to sew up the nomination.

Four years ago, Paul backers tried to take over the state convention, which GOP leaders shut down in response.

Nevada Republicans are feeling blowback from their closed-minded conservatism. If the party is unwiling to change—the worst aspect of “conservative”—change will be delivered upon it.

The Tea parties were essentially protests against the current system. The Ron Paul party represents a new order. (Actually, a restoration of the old Constitutional order.) Skirmishes for control of the Grand Old Party are developing into battles. In Clark County, Nevada, the R3volution may have achieved its first victory.