Triumph turned to near-disaster for the American Tea Party movement last week, as its most important electoral win to date led only to renewed questions about its political maturity and its attitudes to race relations.
The Tea Party sprang to life in the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency. A grassroots endeavour drawing together people from several different strands in American political life, including libertarians, anti-tax activists and militants connected to the shadowy ‘Patriot’ movement,...
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