More and more, I’m starting to think my hunch that the Tea Party is motivated by economic factors–particularly by Ricardian Equivalence–is wrong. They seem to be motivated by deeper factors; more akin to fervent nationalism, or patriotism, than anything else.
Every now and again, the idea of “American Exceptionalism” crops up in their rhetoric. I think that this–and, more accurately, their perception that the administration does not believe in it–is what motivates them.
I’m coming to think Patrick Buchanan’s description of the Tea Party isn’t far off the mark.