The 2012 presidential field is already crowded with all-but-announced candidates.
But, there is a big slot left unfilled: someone from and for the economic wing of the tea party movement.
While there is a tendency among the media — and many members of the Republican establishment as well — to lump all tea party followers into a single clump, that analysis misses the mark.
As the movement has matured, some tea party activists have gravitated far more toward economic issues (TARP, debt, health care etc.) while others have tended to focus far more on the social issue set.