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Turning the tea parties against the GOP on banks

Americans United for Change, the 501(c)4 group that's been trying out various populist attacks on the GOP, is attempting to find some daylight between tea parties and Republicans with Web ads that portray the GOP as the party of bank bailouts. It's a small exploratory campaign -- four or five figures, I'm told -- with some of the first buys going up on,, and Ron Paul fan sites. One of the ads:


Will it work? I don't see anything at the click-through site that will convince tea partyers. There's massive, massive skepticism of financial reform in the movement, with a lot of people I talk to convinced (with credible arguments) that reform will mean more power for the Federal Reserve and a "permanent bailout for banks. Liberals have found a soft spot in tea party support for the GOP, but not, right now, a message that can exploit that.

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By David Weigel  |  April 16, 2010; 1:11 PM ET
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Bailout, Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve System, Government, Republican, Ron Paul,, United States  
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