The frustration cuts both ways, with a number of Republican lawmakers feeling some Tea Party activists have been too aggressive with them.

“The Tea Party has made the difference for us,” said Republican State Representative Joe Carr, who works closely with some of the groups. “But I’ll have nothing to do with folks who come here full of aggression and vitriol.”…

“In some cases Tea Party activists here are going after lawmakers for one or two votes they disagree with,” said Ken Marrero, who runs the conservative blog Blue Collar Muse in Nashville. “But going after someone who is with you 80 percent of the time is a foolish and short-sighted strategy.

“The Tea Party could be opening the door for people not to take us seriously.”