Mad As Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System [NOOK Book]

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Today's raucous revolt against Washington and Wall Street is a classic populist uprising. In Mad As Hell, two respected political pollsters show what it means for the future of American politics.

The riotous tea parties and angry town hall meetings of last summer seemingly took everyone by surprise. They shouldn’t have: populistmovements have always arisen in times of economic hardship and uncertainty. In Mad As Hell, pollsters Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen use extensive and ...

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Overview

Today's raucous revolt against Washington and Wall Street is a classic populist uprising. In Mad As Hell, two respected political pollsters show what it means for the future of American politics.

The riotous tea parties and angry town hall meetings of last summer seemingly took everyone by surprise. They shouldn’t have: populistmovements have always arisen in times of economic hardship and uncertainty. In Mad As Hell, pollsters Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen use extensive and original research to explore the mind and heart of the populist uprising that has suddenly thrown American politics into turmoil.

In the past, populist movements have taken root either on the right or on the left. Today’s populist revolt is unusually broad and has two wings: a left wing that wants universal health care and redistributiveeconomic policies, and a right wing that wants to reduce the power of government to interfere in our lives. Both are hostile to the Washington political class, Wall Street, and the mainstream media—all of which they consider out of touch with the concerns of “real” Americans. The key difference is that left populists are effectively represented by Barack Obama and congressional Democrats who are pursuing their agenda, while right populists are chiefly representedby Fox News and Rush Limbaugh— an angrier and potentially more powerful political force.

So-called professionals in politics, business, and media have completely failed to comprehend the new populism and have dismissed it as marginal and extreme. The authors explore the broad-based natureof the new populist movement and explain how it is reshaping American politics—whether politicians and elite journalists like it or not.

The Tea Party movement is not a flash in the pan,as many have assumed. Nor is it a movement of racist rednecks and ignorant boobs, as its detractors have crudely suggested. To the contrary, it is an authenticgrassroots movement of concerned American citizens demanding to be heard by an out-of-touch political establishment. Their concerns are real and their issues are legitimate, the authors maintain; moreover, the new populism is here to stay, and it has already changedour politics for the better.

In Mad As Hell, Rasmussen and Schoen have produced an authoritative guide to the new populism, featuring a combination of proprietary polling data, political analysis, results from online focus groups,and interviews with on-the-ground players. It is must-reading for anyone interested in American electoral politics for the remainder of the decade.

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Editorial Reviews

The Atlantic
Rasmussen and Schoen’s book clarifies much about our contemporary politics and identifies important causes of our current political malaise. It is the best available guide to the politics of 2010.
Huffington Post
What makes this new book a must-read ... is the reality that our daily news cycle is in many ways driven by the Tea Party.
The Daily Caller
Essential to understanding America in 2010.
Foreign Affairs
Useful and balanced book...Readers who think they are in the political class might do well to pay heed.
Los Angeles Times
What [Rasmussen and Schoen] convincingly show is that economic stagnation and the collapse of equality and opportunity have produced an equally catastrophic decline in confidence in every sort of public institution - including political parties, big business, big labor, the media and mainline organized religion.
NewsMax
The unvarnished truth about the movement that is re-making the face of America. ... "Mad As Hell" is more than a ‘must read’—it’s a required read for every tea party loyalist and even those that fear them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062016720
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction: One Nation Under Revolt 1

1 The Two Strands of Populism 30

2 The Populist Strain 57

3 New Populism in Context 82

4 The Mainstream vs. the Political Class 127

5 The Evolution of the Tea Party Movement 173

6 The Structure of the Tea Party Movement 225

7 The Dynamics, Tactics, and Future of the Tea Party Movement 263

8 The Origin, Composition, and Future of Populism on the Left 309

9 The Media 350

10 Obama and the Populist Surge 403

Conclusion: Regaining the Consent of the Governed 427

Notes 471

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Who are the Tea Party members? What do they think?

    Scott Rasmussen and Douglas Schoen, Deans of Public Opinion Polling, have written a most informative book answering these questions.

    Public Opinion polls over a number of years inform us about the demographics and the political opinions these citizens hold and advocate.

    My students found the book very interesting, informative, and filled with surprises.

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    Posted January 18, 2011

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    When you see your country being destroyed and dismantled right in front of your eyes it makes you angry.

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