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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Keli Carender
Tea partyers insist they're not to blame for Republican election losses in congressional and presidential elections, faulting the GOP establishment for showing little fight.
Tea party leaders say they refuse to be the scapegoats for the drubbing Republicans took on Election Day, claiming it was the party establishment — not their insurgent movement — that cost the party seats in the House and Senate and returned President Obama to the White House.
Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns is bringing his new film "Prohibition" to the National Constitution Center in the hopes of promoting more civil national discourse.
Kate Zernike, a national correspondent for the New York Times, is, according to her publisher, "exceptional among mainstream reporters in portraying the Tea Party without the preconceived notions employed by others in her profession."
Keli Carender, national grassroots coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, said the strength of the group was reflected in the $1.2 million and counting that it raised in 10 days.
"I think they are willing to lose a governor's race just to be spiteful and just win a message war," said Keli Carender, national grass-roots coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots. "Now they can go in 2014 and 2016, and they want to be able to use the Cuccinelli race and the outcome in Virginia as an argument as to why they should be supported and the tea party shouldn't be."