IRS aside, political passions take a summer break

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By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

HONEA PATH, S.C. (AP) — A tour of South Carolina political events suggests the conservative anger that spawned the tea party movement four years ago has quieted, at least for a while.

Local officials say they're not sure why. It's possible the improving economy and shrinking deficit have cooled people down. Many conservatives reluctantly acknowledge the "Obamacare" law won't be overturned and that millions of immigrants here illegally won't be deported.

Even the new IRS scandal seemed to stir only modest passion.

There's another reason it's hard to sustain an anti-Washington crusade in America's rural regions. They rely heavily on federal grants for housing, policing, emergency response and other services.

One tea party-backed GOP congressman says he will sponsor a seminar on how to write applications to secure more government money for such needs.

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