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St. Louis activist Dana Loesch -- Miss Tea Party USA?

St. Louis activist Dana Loesch -- Miss Tea Party USA?

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ST. LOUIS -- It wasn't that long ago that Dana Loesch was writing about potty training and minivans in her Mamalogues column for the Post-Dispatch.

Loesch still chronicles her maternal musings online, but she's better known now in her role as a talk-radio show host and leader of the local Tea Party coalition.

Loesch's Tea Party activism has made her a recurring guest on Bill O'Relly's show on the conservative-friendly Fox News Channel.

This week, however, as the Tea Party push continues to make headlines, Loesch has emerged as a national spokeswoman for the effort -- maybe even the face of the movement.

On Monday, Loesch appeared on both "Hardball" with Chris Matthews on MSNBC -- where she debated a Princeton professor -- and "Larry King Live" on CNN.

Loesch's rising visibility here and nationally was the subject of a cover story -- "Patriot Dame" -- last month in the Riverfront Times. The RFT described her as a "homeschooling mom blogger with a national following. .. A self-described smart aleck with a saucy delivery in print and on air, she subscribes to the last-word-wins-the-argument theory."

Her connection with the Tea Party seems well-suited for both parties. Loesch, 31, offers a fresh face to a movement some would like to dismiss as just angry white men.

Meanwhile, regardless of whether the Tea Party is here to stay, the exposure can only help Loesch's future in media or politics -- although she assured the RFT she's not interested in running for office.

"It seems like absolute torture," Loesch said. "You'd have to play a character all the time."

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