Relevant to our earlier discussion about the Tea Party and social conservatives, I just came across a new book: Daniel Williams, God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right (OUP, 2010). The book has already been initially reviewed here and here. Williams also published an Op-Ed at politico.com on the connection of the Tea Party to social conservatism. A taste:
O’Donnell, a conservative Roman Catholic and former abstinence counselor, advocates the use of federal power to restrict abortion and pornography. But she calls for limiting the role of government in many other areas — including gun control and federal social spending.
Why is this blend of moral regulation and curbs on social welfare now a winner for Republicans? Why are social conservatives who urge government regulation in matters of sex so strongly opposed to similar intervention in the economy?