Late last summer, David Campbell and Robert Putnam shared some of their social science research, findings that didn't square with the popular narrative about the Tea Party being a bunch of small government types focused like lasers on fiscal issues: Scoff! What a reaction this transparent liberal academic propaganda got from some of you folks! Today, writing in Reason, Gene Healy (the VP of the libertarian Cato Institute) makes some interesting observations about the "surprising" Tea Party support for Rick Santorum: Odd. It's almost like Tea Partiers are looking for an über religious candidate who can abide--indeed, embrace--big government as long as it's serving his social conservative agenda. One might even believe they're attracted to the theocrat in the race because "they were disproportionately social conservatives in 2006...and still are today," that "the strongest predictor of being a Tea Party supporter today was a desire, back in 2006, to see religion play a prominent role in politics," and that they "are more concerned about putting God in government" than fiscal policy or shrinking government. Kudos, Campbell and Putnam. You got their number.