10/24/2011 03:19 pm ET Updated Dec 24, 2011

Tea Party Fire Fades On Capitol Hill

On both sides of the Capitol, efforts by conservative lawmakers to harness the energy of the right-wing movement into an organized group on Capitol Hill have gone dormant as members get sidetracked with pursuing their own agendas and as freshman members realize that organizing caucuses can be a fruitless and time-consuming endeavor -- especially in the Senate.

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