Dr. Melissa Deckman is a Professor of Political Science at Washington College and a PRRI Affiliated Scholar. Her research interests center on the intersection of religion, women, and politics. She has written in the past about the Christian Right’s participation in school board politics. Her most recent work is as co-editor and contributor to Curriculum and the Culture Wars: Debating the Bible’s Place in Public Schools. PRRI sat down with Dr. Deckman to discuss the significance of the book.
Opposition to President Obama’s health care reform law has been the heart and soul of many Tea Party activities since the law’s passage in 2010, so it’s unsurprising to see that so many Tea Party members favor action by the Supreme Court to overturn the law. After all, as this graph shows, no group was more supportive of the Supreme Court overturning the health care law than members of the Tea Party. But now that Obamacare has been left mostly intact, could opposition to health care reform galvanize the Tea Party, which hasn’t been as much of a force in 2012, to spring back into action? Some perspectives from the New York Times, Business Insider, and CBN.