The Republican Party, soon to take the biggest majority it has had in decades in the House of Representatives, will shortly discover that Tea Party members have a totally different agenda.
The result of that fierce independence will be a sudden break with the Republicans when a key vote arrives the Tea Party members disagree with. We will likely see the Tea Party separate themselves from the Republican Caucus, and ruin key votes.
This separation would result in total gridlock in Congress, and the formalization of the Tea Party, with Sarah Palin as its head. Republicans, particularly conservatives, are already rejecting her as a possible 2012 candidate.