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

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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, political pollsters Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen discuss how the Tea Party movement is fundamentally remaking our two-party system and what it means for the future of American politics. For political junkies of every stripe—from both the left and the right side of the aisle—Mad as Hell is mandatory reading.


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one natIon under revolt
the two StrandS of PoPulISm
the PoPulISt StraIn
new PoPulISm In context
the maInStream vS the PolItIcal claSS
the evolutIon of the tea Party movement
the Structure of the tea Party movement
the dynamIcS tactIcS and future of the tea Party movement
the orIgIn comPoSItIon and future of PoPulISm on the left
the medIa
obamaand the PoPulISt Surge
regaInIng the conSent ofthe governed

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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.

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