The Dominionist base
More important, they were disproportionately social conserva- tives in 2006 — opposing abortion, for example — and still are today. Next to being a Republican, the strongest predictor of being a Tea Party supporter today was a desire, back in 2006, to see religion play a prominent role in politics. And Tea Partiers continue to hold these views: they seek “deeply religious” elected officials, approve of religious leaders’ engaging in politics and want religion brought into political debates. The Tea Party’s generals may say their overriding concern is a smaller govern- ment, but not their rank and file, who are more concerned about putting God in government.
This puts them out of step with mainstream America:
Yet it is precisely this infusion of religion into politics that most Americans increasingly oppose. While over the last five years Americans have become slightly more conservative economi- cally, they have swung even further in opposition to mingling religion and politics. It thus makes sense that the Tea Party ranks alongside the Christian Right in unpopularity.
This, of course, explains why the teabaggers find the Dominionist- influenced Presidential candidates, Bachmann and Perry, so appealing.
This is what it has come to; this is now the Republican party's base. If Bachmann or Perry achieves the Republican nomination for President, the transformation will be complete -- America's two major parties will be, de facto, a Dominionist party and a secular party. Which, frankly, is pretty much the way it looks already.