Ran across this interview with George Will, who makes reference to fissures and factions within the Tea Party as being a healthy thing. While there have long been competing groups (e.g. Tea Party Patriots, Tea Party Express, etc.), I have not noticed much ideological difference among them.
Thinking about this idea of ideologically differing factions, I believe this could be a useful concept to explore for those of us who might want to strike a note of dissent within the GOP, but disassociate ourselves from some of the nutters and fraudsters.
What factions currently exist that might be called “tea party” of some stripe? Are these the same factions that have always populated the conservative movement? I’d really like to get away from something as ideologically trivial (however tactically important) as Freedomworks vs. AFP. (Or Freedomworks vs. Freedomworks.)