Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Tea Party, the Debt Ceiling, and White Southern Extremism

The goal, methods and passions of the Tea Party in the House are all characteristic of the radical Southern right

The mainstream media have completely missed the story, by portraying the Tea Party movement in ideological rather than regional terms. Whether by accident or design, the public faces of the Tea Party in the House are Midwesterners -- Minnesota's Michele Bachmann and Joe Walsh of Illinois. But while there may be Tea Party sympathizers throughout the country, in the House of Representatives the Tea Party faction that has used the debt ceiling issue to plunge the nation into crisis is overwhelmingly Southern in its origins.