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The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism

Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson


On February 19, 2009, CNBC commentator Rick Santelli delivered a dramatic rant against Obama administration programs to shore up the plunging housing market. Invoking the Founding Fathers and ridiculing “losers” who could not pay their mortgages, Santelli called for “Tea Party” protests. Over the next two years, conservative activists took to the streets and airways, built hundreds of local Tea Party groups, and weighed in with votes and money to help right-wing Republicans win electoral victories in 2010. This book provides a portrait of the Tea Party. What it finds is sometimes surprising. D ... More

Keywords: Rick Santelli, Obama administration, Tea Party groups, right-wing Republicans, Social Security, Medicare, big government, freeloaders, Barack Obama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199832637
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199832637.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theda Skocpol, author
Harvard University, Professor of Government and Sociology

Vanessa Williamson, author
Harvard University, Ph.D. Student