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    "Clearly something is not working in the GOP and hasn't since its nervous breakdown caused by George W. Bush and exacerbated by the political consulting classes. The only part of the GOP that makes sense now is the tea party movement," Craig Shirley — a Ronald Reagan biographer and presidential historian — tells Inside the Beltway.

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  • These men believed in the citizenry and not the state," says Mr. Shirley, who is also a visiting Reagan Scholar at Eureka College.

    Inside the Beltway: The tea party at five years →

  • "Five years ago, American politics — as dominated by the Democratic Party and the big government Republican Party — was intellectually bankrupt. Fortunately, a renewed philosophy centered on elegant reductionism began to develop, just as it did under Reagan in the 1970s," Mr. Shirley tells the Beltway.

    Inside the Beltway: The tea party at five years →

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