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Clarence Page is a member of the Tribune's editorial board and blogs at Chicagotribune.com/pagespage
Has the tea party peaked? Republican lawmakers affiliated with the upstart anti-tax movement scored big in the nerve-racking debt-ceiling debacle, but the victory left enough hard feelings to feed the movement's ultimate defeat.
To quote an old Chicago White Sox slogan from the 1980s, their achievement was a case of "winning ugly."
With the nation's credit rating in the balance, the tea partiers seized the normally routine matter of raising the nation's debt ceiling and held it hostage, gangsta-style: Cut government spending our way, they reasoned, and nobody gets hurt.
In the end, after weeks of partisan fighting, President Barack Obama signed without joy or ceremony a budget bill that avoided a credit default. It cuts $2 trillion in spending over the next decade, yet shaves barely a sliver off of the expected growth in the national debt during that period.
That's largely because the bill doesn't .....
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Yep, just sent him an email inviting him to our tea party.