Change They Can't Believe InThe Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America

Change They Can't Believe InThe Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America

Christopher S. Parker and Matt A. Barreto

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780691163611

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Abstract

Are Tea Party supporters merely a group of conservative citizens concerned about government spending? Or are they racists who refuse to accept Barack Obama as their president because he's not white? This book offers an alternative argument—that the Tea Party is driven by the reemergence of a reactionary movement in American politics that is fueled by a fear that America has changed for the worse. Providing a range of original evidence and rich portraits of party sympathizers as well as activists, the book shows that the perception that America is in danger directly informs how Tea Party supporters think and act. The afterword reflects on the Tea Party's recent initiatives, including the 2013 government shutdown, and evaluates their prospects for the 2016 election.