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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Sal Russo
Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee was the face of the national tea party Tuesday night, delivering the movement's response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech.
Democrats should push for more open primaries as a way of weakening the tea party movement, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said Thursday, laying out a plan to try to isolate the grass-roots conservative movement that has emerged as a key hurdle to President Obama's agenda over the past three years.
Sen. David Vitter on Tuesday ended months of speculation and entered the 2015 race for governor of Louisiana, saying the office would give him a more powerful post from which to protect taxpayer dollars.
Press and pundits erupted with glee following Rep. Michele Bachmann's announcement that she would not run for office again. The Minnesota Republican drew much derisive coverage, described in various reports as a "failed presidential candidate" and a "fact checker's dream," among many things. But not everyone was interested in the media pile-on — and they appear convinced that the lawmaker is not done yet.
To tea party activists, the upside of the IRS scandal blowing through the White House is simple: More and more are giving money, time and voice to the limited-government cause.
Guests for the Sunday TV news shows:
From Alaska to Florida, the swelling "tea party" front catapulted underdog candidates in Republican primaries this year, but one of its greatest forces has been a highly organized California-based group initially formed to defeat Barack Obama's presidential bid.
Lee, an attorney who is halfway through his first term, was chosen by Tea Party Express because he is a recognized leader who is popular among the GOP base because of the message he delivers about improving the economy and reducing the size, cost and intrusiveness of the federal government, said Sal Russo, co-founder of the organization.
"People who have been willing to stand up and say, 'Stop,' like Mike Lee, have drawn a great deal of support," Russo said.