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Lawrence Rosenthal and Christine Trost

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274228

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274228.001.0001

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The Future of the Tea Party

The Future of the Tea Party

Scoring an Invitation to the Republican Party

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(p.212) Chapter 9 The Future of the Tea Party
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Martin Cohen

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520274228.003.0010

This chapter analyzes the Tea Party's likely effect on the Republican Party. It explores the criteria needed for movement newcomers to have an effect on the established parties, and then analyzes the success of the religious right in inserting itself into the Republican Party. It argues that the recent rise of the Tea Party can be understood best by comparing it to the last great influx of political outsiders seeking to reconfigure the Republican Party—the Christian right. The best analogue to current Tea Party efforts to remake the Republican Party in its image is the influx of social conservatives, with the first wave of organizing beginning in the late 1970s and the second wave commencing in the early 1990s. A comparison of the Christian right with the Tea Party shows that the Tea Party movement, as it is constructed now, is ill-suited to successfully influence the Republican Party. The Tea Party must make significant changes as a movement to gain a permanent, meaningful foothold within the Republican Party.

Keywords:   Tea Party movement, Republican Party, religious right, Christian right, social conservatives

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