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Tea party reeling

Jan 19, 2015 - Politico

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The past year has not been kind to the tea party: Its most prized candidates were crushed in primary elections to establishment-backed foes, then it watched in dismay earlier this month as conservatives in Congress failed to block John Boehner from another term as House speaker.

Five years into its existence, the tea party is a movement adrift, interviews with conservative activists at this weekend's South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention show. Its members are ...