Regardless of how Columbia would react, that would be another excellent study, not in spite of the fact that the Tea Party was coopted, but even somewhat because it was. Think about what you learn about the morphology of movements seeing that happen first hand, as someone that goes to the local tea party meetings, say, once a month in a nearby suburb -- then of course go to the big gatherings every now and then when they pop up. Lots to learn there, lots to document there. In my senior year, a little before getting out of college over 25 years ago, I was approached by a dissolute old hippie/prof, who had this big tour to the American "fringe" planned. He was talking about hanging with the hippies, the "legit left", the Klan -- pretty much doing the whole Hunter S. Thompson thing through a political lens. The approach was among a bunch of like-minded people in a bar, and I was tempted, but the "I know, I'll take my semitic buttocks into the Klan and infiltrate" angle didn't seem prudent at that juncture. Or any other. I don't have any qualms whatsoever about wimping out on that little tour. I have no idea what happened to the guy either. But hell, I think studying the spectrum (well, the part of the spectrum that probably won't beat the living sh1t out of you, anyway,) is a really legit exercise in learning about the country we take for granted.