Mad As Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Sep 14, 2010 - Political Science - 352 pages
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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 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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Contents

one natIon under revolt
1
the two StrandS of PoPulISm
19
the PoPulISt StraIn
36
new PoPulISm In context
52
the maInStream vS the PolItIcal claSS
81
the evolutIon of the tea Party movement
110
the Structure of the tea Party movement
144
the dynamIcS tactIcS and future of the tea Party movement
169
the orIgIn comPoSItIon and future of PoPulISm on the left
198
the medIa
224
obamaand the PoPulISt Surge
259
regaInIng the conSent ofthe governed
275
noteS
303
Index
315
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The raucous tea parties and angry town hall meetings of last summer seemingly took everyone by surprise. It shouldn't have: populist movements always arise in times of economic hardship and uncertainty. Pollsters Doug Schoen and Scott Rasmussen will use 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 arisen 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 redistributive economic policies, and a right wing that wants to reduce the power of government to interfere in our lives. Both wings 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 represented by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. Hence they are an angrier and potentially more powerful political force. Schoen and Rasmussen will produce an authoritative guide to the new populism, featuring a combination of proprietary polling data, political analysis, online focus groups, and interviews with on-the-ground players. Published in time for the 2010 midterm elections, it should generate dozens of news stories and become a key reference for anyone writing about -- or practicing -- electoral politics for the remainder of the decade.

DOUG SCHOEN cofounded the landmark political-polling firm Penn, Schoen, and Berland. A moderate Democrat and Fox News contributor, he publishes editorials for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Forbes.com, Politico, and the Huffington Post. He was named 1996 pollster of the year by the American Association of Political Consultants.

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