I know I’ve overwhelmed you with links, but please, please read this one! I lost the link or I would have posted it earlier. It’s an explanation of what the Tea Partiers believe, based on focus groups and polls. NOT all conservatives are like this, but the radical, through-the-looking-glass worldview of Tea Party members share a common set of beliefs and sense of solidarity, as well as a finely-honed sense of persecution.
If you are only passingly familiar with the “Tea Parties,” you MUST at least skim this. It has to be read to be believed.