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The Tea Party was unjustly scrutinized by the IRS in a scandal that has cost Steve Miller his job and has cast a shadow of doubt on whether Obama’s administration intentionally oppressed their opponents. Well, receiving injustice can give you a sense of the righteousness of your cause, and America loves an underdog: naturally enough, the once often mocked Tea Party is now popular, with a 44 percent of likely U.S. voters holding a favorable opinion of the tea party, 14 percentage points higher than January, and just 7 below their greatest highest in April 2009. The Tea Party feels “vindicated and energized,” as Sal Russo, co-founder of the California-based Tea Party Express told Fox on Saturday.

“We’re definitely seeing a spike in both interest and contributions,” he said, and went so far as to say, “They knew spending was out of control and their [political opponents] would stop at nothing.”

  
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The Tea Party took off in 2009 as a reaction to the federal government’s multibillion-dollar bank bailouts during the great recession.

The tea party has gone from 61 to 80 percent approval rating among Republicans. It seems sometimes having something bad happen to you can make you look a little better in the public eye – or at least that’s the lesson of 2,000 years of Christian martyrs.

So will this pay off in 2014’s election? “It’s too early to tell,” said Russo. “But a lot of people are looking at the Tea Party right now.”

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