While some recent studies have emphasized vortex redevelopment (i.e., the formation of an entirely new, dominant surface circulation) as a pathway to the vertically-coherent vortex, it is not yet clear that this is the primary mechanism responsible for the transition from tilted to aligned vortex structure in most cases. One possibility is that the vortex tilt evolves according to the vortex-Rossby wave damping process previously applied to vertically-developed, hurricane-like vortices in vertical wind shear. A simple linear theory has proven useful in understanding that problem. In light of the pronounced asymmetry in cloudiness characteristic of the cases considered here, approximations made in the linearization of the thermodynamic equation in particular are first assessed. Then the simple linear theory is evaluated at the post-genesis tropical depression and tropical storm stage by comparing the theoretical tilt predictions with those from sheared tropical storm simulations in CM1. Further comment on the relationship between vortex tilt and intensification is also made.