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Establishment GOPers assail tea party on shutdown

By By THOMAS BEAUMONT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.

The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall's elections.

Anger emanating from more mainstream Republicans toward the tea party comes just three years after the GOP embraced the insurgent political group and rode its wave of new energy to return to power in the House.

They're lashing out with polls showing Republicans bearing most of the blame for the federal shutdown, now in its 11th day.

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