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She herself recently attended a Republican National Committee program in Phoenix that teaches advocates to get the party’s message out. It was called, “Say It Loud.”

Now, when folks around town ask her whom she plans to support in the GOP Senate primary on Aug. 24, she first explains that her views are her own (her club doesn’t endorse candidates) and then she tells them, in all likelihood, Sen. John McCain’s more conservative opponent, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

“I want McCain to lose for the symbolism,” said Ms. Angius. “He’s like the ring on the merry-go-round. If we can get that, the tea parties have won.”

This is how momentum - a “movement,” even - can grow. One person, on the ground, talking to others, inspiring action and influencing votes.