I think there is a material basis for the anger and resentment expressed by Tea Party members. When Tea Party members protest that their anger is not caused by racism against minorities or Obama, they are partially right. It may be that their racism is a reaction rather than the cause of their passion and fury. They are losing jobs, income, and any hope that they can recover those in the future. Economic research supports this view. White middle class people lose jobs, stay unemployed for long periods, and if they are lucky to find a job, it is at lower pay and lower skill. Take a look at this chart.
Clearly, if you have no education beyond high school and work in blue collar/middle wage jobs, you are losing income and job prospects.
This is nothing more than the theory of relative deprivation first expressed by James Chowning Davies in the 1960s to explain revolution. Davies explained that “Revolutions are most likely to occur when a prolonged period of objective economic and social development is followed by a short period of sharp reversal.” That is what happened to white, middle class men in the last few years. All of those years of economic and political advancement has been replaced by sudden decline. Tea Party members blame undocumented workers and Obama’s policies because they can’t yet blame an economic system over which they have never had any control.