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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
Tea Party conservatism is mostly Southern and rural for one simple reason: Paranoia
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By Pat Cunningham
Oct. 15, 2013 5:15 p.m.



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Kim Messick, a Southerner himself, EXPLAINS why the GOP is the party of Dixie:

In two earlier articles (here and here), I argued that the Republican Partyís extremism can be traced to its increased dependence on an electorate that is largely rural, Southern and white. These voters, who figure prominently in the Tea Party, often decline to interpret political conflict as a struggle among interest groups or a good-faith clash of opinion. Instead, they tend to identify the country as a whole with an idealized version of themselves, and to equate any dissent from their values with disloyalty by alien, ...

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