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dc.contributor.authorBailey, Kendall Lyonsen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:43:33Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:43:33Z
dc.date.issued2012-08-02en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-08152012-075412en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/34569
dc.description.abstractThe Tea Party Movement (TPM) has emerged as an important player in United States politics by promoting fiscal conservatism, limited government, free market economics, and Constitutionalism. Candidates championing these TPM values have had some successful campaigns, particularly in the 2010 congressional primary and general elections. In doing so, TPM candidates focused their attacks on President Obama and his supporters in Congress, drawing attention to the increase in government spending and the growing budget deficit. The niche focus of the TPM combined with the strength of the U.S. two-party system and votersâ partisan loyalties may limit the long-term effectiveness of the group. An analysis of campaign rhetoric from a sample of successful TPM House candidates highlights similarities in language used by the sampled TPM candidates in conveying TPM values. The discussion of similar economic and political climates of the Progressive (Bull Moose) Party and the Tea Party Movement eras provides for a historical comparison from which to predict the future of the TPM. In sum, this thesis suggests that the Tea Party Movement will likely expire with an improved economy and the conclusion of Barack Obamaâ s presidency.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartBailey_KL_T_2012_1.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subject2010 U.S. House Electionsen_US
dc.subjectCampaign Websitesen_US
dc.subjectTea Partyen_US
dc.subjectBull Moose Partyen_US
dc.subjectCampaign Rhetoricen_US
dc.titleThe Future of the Tea Party: A Comparison of the Progressive (Bull Moose) Party and the Tea Party Movementen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPolitical Scienceen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairBrians, Craig Leonarden_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLuke, Timothy W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHult, Karen M.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-08152012-075412/en_US
dc.date.sdate2012-08-15en_US
dc.date.rdate2012-09-04
dc.date.adate2012-09-04en_US


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