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Reports of the tea party's demise are premature: Just ask Senator Lugar

9:00 AM EDT, May 10, 2012

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The tea party's waning impact on the country's politics has been continuously reported since the movement's success in the 2010 elections. Well, the tea party has not gone away. In Indiana's primary election May 8, liberal Republican Senator Richard Lugar was beaten handily after 35 years in office by conservative rival Richard Mourdock, who was backed by the tea party ("GOP Senate stalwart falls," May 9).

The liberal media and their supporters seem to believe that if they keep reporting tea party's death, it will simply go away. The media and liberals just cannot grasp that the out-of-control government spending, taxing and regulation of the past 10 years has awakened the conservative instincts most Americans use to live their lives.

Maryland legislators should take notice. The tea party effectively uses the strategy: Keep your friends close, and your enemies confused.

Ron Wirsing, Havre de Grace