"A much smarter man than me once said, 'All politics is local.' So, I would say yes," they will have an impact "on the elections," said Long Island University professor Stanley Klein, who teaches classes on political parties and local politics at C.W. Post.
"You don't have a lot of votes at a local level, so a couple of thousand votes turn an election."
Whether the groups will continue to grow, as they hope, is much harder to predict.
Historically, such movements tend to get swallowed up by the major political parties, Dr. Klein
"Eventually, whatever these people are upset with, which is a pretty amorphous thing, disappears," he
"And then they fall back into regular parties."
As for a potential lasting impact on policy, Dr. Klein
doubted the movement would have any real effect.
Government will continue to grow, he
said, so long as citizens keep demanding more and more services.
also pointed out that many tea-partyers, here and nationally, happen to be older retirees or government workers.
"I would guess many of them receive a sizeable amount of money from Social Security and they're on Medicaid, yet they want smaller government," he
"Are they out of their minds?
"It's also not a group that has the conservative leadership like we had in Congress back in the '90s," he
Mr. Klein, the LIU professor, agreed that Mr. Bishop was probably more vulnerable than his 2nd Congressional District counterpart, Steve Israel.