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Is public support for the tea party movement fading?

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“A 5 to 7 percentage point swing over a year: Is this the stuff of counterrevolutions?” asks Bloomberg News columnist Michael Kinsley, who rightly (and humorously) points out the press’s role here.

“It’s not that the news media is biased against the Tea Party,” Kinsley writes. “We love the Tea Party; it’s been good to us. However, we are biased in favor of change. The story must evolve, even if that means moving backward and repeating itself. Having built the Tea Party up, it is now our job to knock it down a peg or two. Occupiers, don’t gloat. You’re next.”

Still, the tea party movement today must be seen in the context of what’s been happening in Washington – especially the grinding inability of Congress (especially Republicans now in charge of the House) and the Obama administration to adequately deal with budget and taxes, debt and deficit.

Then there’s the Republican presidential campaign in which those candidates most aligned with tea party goals – Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and most recently Herman Cain – have surged ahead then fallen back. (Ron Paul is an exception, but he’s always been an exception.)

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