The Tea Party Just Turned Five — And It’s Not Going Away
Credit: theqspeaks
March 7, 2014

Via Moyers & Company:

Some date the advent of the tea party to 2007, when then-presidential candidate Ron Paul held a “tax day tea party” fundraiser to fill his campaign coffers. But the broader movement began five years ago last week — shortly after Barack Obama was sworn into office.

Theda Scokpol is a sociologist and political scientist at Harvard, and co-author, with Vanessa Williams, of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism. spoke with her about the movement’s past influence over the Republican Party and its future. Below is a transcript that’s been lightly edited for clari...

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