Is There Anything New about the Tea Party?

A Conversation with Rick Perlstein at Reds October 26

The question that is on everyone’s mind this year is what role the so-called “Tea Party” movement will play in the November 2nd election and beyond. But often the mainstream media and pundits take for granted the notion that the phenomenon is a new, spontaneous, grassroots movement. However, the Tea Party’s anti-government rhetoric and support from powerful elites sometimes seems strangely familiar.

Rick Perlstein
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Rick Perlstein

What does our current situation have in common with other moments in history? What can we learn from the right-wing populism that surrounded the Goldwater and Nixon campaigns? Join us for a stimulating evening of conversation with one of America’s most exciting political analysts.

Local Democratic Party hosts discussion with award-winning author Rick Perlstein. The event will be an informal discussion between Perlstein and local Party Chairman Daraka Larimore-Hall.

Rick Perlstein is the author of the New York Times bestseller Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, and Before The Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus. A frequent commentator on national politics, Perlstein has written extensively for the New Republic, Huffington Post, The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, The Village Voice, and Slate.

A selection of books, including Nixonland will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of the good folks at Chaucer’s Books. Support your local bookstore!

Tuesday, October 26, 6pm. Reds Wine and Tapas Bar at 211 Helena Ave Santa Barbara, CA. $20 Donation/$15 For Students

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