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GOP V. Tea Party
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WASHINGTON - The clout of tea party advocates and other hard-line conservatives in Congress has caught top Republicans by surprise, raising questions about whether GOP leaders can impose enough discipline in their House majority to pass tough measures, such as raising the debt ceiling.
Within 24 hours this week, House Speaker John Boehner's team had to pull a trade bill from the chamber floor, suffered an embarrassing setback on a USA Patriot Act vote, and failed to recoup money paid to the United Nations.
And in electoral politics, the tea party's threat to Republican incumbents came more into focus. Three GOP senators up for re-election in 2012 could be looking at challenges for their party nominations. One of them, five-term Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, crossed town Tuesday to tell the tea party's national town hall that he has supported its budget-balancing, smaller-government agenda for decades.
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Can the GOP control the Tea Party
No, the goodies in Pandora's box have turned on them
It seems like party infighting
Yes, the Tea Party republicans will fall in line
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829 days ago
No, the tea Party started out as and continues to be independent of political parties.
If the GOP continues to support reducing the size of governemnt and elimination of government intrusion into the rights of American citizens, the Tea Party will continue to support them.
779 days ago
Somehow all key figures of the movement are Republican members. The movement is not independent of the party but an extension of it.
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