The organization started by Norquist is a forerunner to the Tea Party.
But it would be wrong to see Between the Assassinations as just a forerunner or prelude to The White Tiger, I think.
I see Dickens as the forerunner to people like Chaplin and Woody Allen, really.
John the Baptist went before our Lord in this character (Mark 1:2, 3). Christ so called (Heb. 6:20) as entering before his people into the holy place as their head and guide.