All those who expect the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street to go away any time soon are going to be disappointed, as each of them speak to a real need for change in America.
The Tea Party began for the same reason Occupy Wall Street began – namely, it is impossible to look at where we are & not see that too much has changed for the worse in recent years.
Where they differ is in what they focus upon as bad & how effective they have been politically.
The TP has elected people to Congress while Occupy is still doing sit-ins.
Of course, the TP was funded & given deep media support by the 1%, so that accounts for much of their electoral success.
Even so, a movement that consists of sit-ins without a list of demands is no way to effect change, no matter how valuable the points are that such a sit-in may raise.
If Occupy is ever going to live up to its initial potential, they will need to get over the ahistorical notion of a leaderless group & get organized enough to have spokespeople and a strategic vision of where they want things to go.