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Glenn Feldman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049878

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049878.001.0001

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The Tea Party in the South

The Tea Party in the South

Populism Revisited?

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Nation within a Nation

Allan B. McBride

University Press of Florida

Political scientist Allen B. McBride tells us that the Tea Party erupted on the political scene virtually overnight in the immediate aftermath of the election of America's first black president. Despite its northern origins, McBride cites the anti-statist ideology of the Tea Party as the main reason for its strong support in Dixie. The chapter argues that the Tea Party may be better described as a movement than an actual party and is actually the latest incarnation of populism in America. More important, perhaps, through the use of polling data and the monitoring of social media, this chapter concludes that, like the Populist Party of the 1890s, preliminary data suggests that today's Tea Party is not distinctively southern nor may it be expressly racist. McBride provides important caveats to both points: stressing that these conclusions are based on preliminary data; that the South may be in the process of losing its regional distinctiveness; and that public opinion survey data has long been known to underestimate attitudes and behaviors that fall outside of the political mainstream.

Keywords:   Tea Party, Populism, Anti-statism, Racism

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