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GOP watch: No Tea for me, please

As we reported yesterday, conservative congresswomen Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) have reversed course and are both pulling out of the controversial Tea Party Nation Convention that Sarah Palin is speaking at next week. 

The New York Times reports that Drudge protégé Andrew Breitbart -- who admitted to paying ACORN "pimp" James O'Keefe, who was arrested for allegedly trying to tamper with Sen. Mary Landrieu's office's phone system in Louisiana -- will now introduce Palin instead of Blackburn.

The Washington Post: "Defiant at times during a wide-ranging news conference on the second day of the gathering, Michael S. Steele continued to attack a proposal by some conservative Republican National Committee members to withhold party money from GOP candidates who do not pass a 'purity' test. Hours later, key Republicans crafted a compromise [to be voted on today] that could head off a looming dispute over whether to require an ideological test."

More: "Steele defended his decision to convene the meeting at a lush beach resort even as millions of Americans are without jobs. And, asked whether he would run in 2011 for a second two-year term, he left little doubt: 'I have no reason not to.' 'My style is not something you get used to very easily,' Steele told reporters, boasting of the GOP's electoral victories on his watch. 'As much as a lot of you folks may find me fascinating to write about and to opine on and to theorize and to, you know, put out there as some example, whatever, God, I don't know what, but at the end of the day, it's not about me… This is about the Republican Party.'"