October 17, 2013 1:49 PM

Tea party’s message to America: We’re not going away

Its furious effort to postpone or repeal the Affordable Care Act failed. A government shutdown designed to curtail government spending ended with few visible results. Two weeks of speeches by congressional tea party leaders left the movement with its lowest approval ratings ever. Yet tea party members in and around Kansas City insist they are alive and well and getting ready for the next battle, no matter what anyone else may think.

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