Mad As Hell LP: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System

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Harper Collins, Sep 14, 2010 - Political Science - 504 pages
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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 thrown American politics into turmoil.

Though so-called professionals in politics, business, and media have dismissed the movement as marginal and extreme, Rasmussen and Schoen argue that it is an authentic grassroots movement of concerned American citizens demanding to be heard. The Tea Partiers are not racist rednecks and ignorant boobs. Their concerns are real and their issues are legitimate.

Today’s populist revolt is 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.

In Mad As Hell, Rasmussen and Schoen have produced an authoritative guide to the new populism. 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
30
The Populist Strain
57
New Populism in Context
82
The Mainstream vs the Political Class
127
The Evolution of the Tea Party Movement
173
The Structure of the Tea Party Movement
225
The Dynamics Tactics and Future of the Tea Party Movement
263
The Origin Composition and Future of Populism on the Left
309
The Media
350
Obama and the Populist Surge
403
Regaining the Consent of the Governed
427
Notes
471
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