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Has Tea Party ‘Expanded’ or ‘Lost Momentum’? Depends on When You Read the New York Times!

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Published on: August 14, 2012

Is the Tea Party on the decline or not? Don’t ask the New York Times. Political reporter Michael Shear wrote in Monday’s paper that “Tea Party Hopes to Gain Larger Stage in Election With Romney’s Pick.” The text box: “A movement already energized by a string of electoral victories.” But in May, a Times reporter wrote that the Tea Party “has lost momentum.” Here’s Shear:

For two years, Tea Party lawmakers in the House have been the stubborn barbarians at the gate, strong-arming their often reluctant Republican colleagues by refusing to compromise on spending, taxes, debt or social policy.

But Representative Paul D. Ryan’s ascendancy to the No. 2 spot on the Republican ticket is a signal event for a movement that counts him as one of their own. If Mitt Romney wins in November, a Tea Party favorite will be a heartbeat from the Oval Office

More than that, Mr. Ryan is now unquestionably the face of the Tea Party caucus in Washington, and his success is certain to embolden House lawmakers whose proudly unyielding approach to governance has contributed to legislative gridlock.

Once considered a fringe of the conservative coalition, Tea Party lawmakers are now indisputably at the core of the modern Republican Party.

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