Stop us if you've heard this before: the tea party remains a noteworthy element of modern U.S. politics.

Yes, The Star's editorial board wrote about this topic in today's paper.

And, conveniently, The New York Times has published an op-ed, "The South's lesson for the Tea Party," that goes to great lengths in describing our region's affinity for tea party candidates.

The op-ed's author, Curtis Wilkie, is a fellow at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi. In his op-ed, he wrote, "The movement’s success, with its dangerous froth of anti-Washington posturing and barely concealed racial animus, raises an important question for Southern voters: Will they remember their history well enough to reject the siren song of nativism and populism that has won over the region so often before?"

That, of course, is a question still unanswered.

-- Phillip Tutor