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Todd Cefaratti, the president of TheTeaParty.net, has a message for Republicans and Democrats alike: “This is just the beginning. If you think the tea party’s dead, you ain’t seen nothing yet.”

At a press conference inside the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon, Cefarratti’s organization and several House Republicans joined with Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul to decry House GOP leadership considering capitulating to Democratic efforts to raise taxes during the fiscal cliff negotiations. A more subtle message that carried throughout the presser, though, was that conservatives are trying to regain the mantle they had in 2010 with a return to true conservative principles that were all but abandoned over the past couple years.

“The Republican Party is the party of limited government and low taxation. I don’t think it’s time to change who we are or what we stand for. Some have said this whole idea of pledging not to raise taxes is a bad idea. I disagree,” Paul said. “I ran on that platform and I was elected because the voters of Kentucky want less spending, limited government and less taxation. I know of no other way to stimulate the economy than to leave more money in the private sector. If you want to stimulate the economy in Louisville, Kentucky, you leave more money in Louisville, Kentucky. Until they cut out the waste, the fraud, the abuse and the nightmare spending up here, why would we ever consider as Republicans thinking about raising taxes?”

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