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Mad As Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 14, 2010
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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. (Huffington Post )
Useful and balanced book...Readers who think they are in the political class might do well to pay heed. (Foreign Affairs )
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. (The Atlantic )
Essential to understanding America in 2010. (The Daily Caller )
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. (Los Angeles Times )
From the Back Cover
The riotous tea parties and angry town hall meetings of the past few years have thrown American politics into turmoil. Americans should have seen this revolt coming: populist movements have always arisen in times of economic hardship and uncertainty. In Mad As Hell, pollsters Scott Rasmussen and Douglas Schoen use extensive and original research to explore the mind and heart of this populist uprising and explain how it is reshaping American politics—whether politicians and elite journalists like it or not.
The Tea Party movement is an authentic grassroots 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 changed our 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. This updated edition includes a new afterword, featuring data and analysis from the November 2010 midterm elections and what we should look for in the 2012 elections. It is a must-read for anyone interested in American electoral politics.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The book may be as prescient as "The Emerging Republican Majority" was in its time.
Whether one agrees or disagrees with their conclusions, the data presented in the book is a real eye opener for students of politics. The book is very readable. The tables and graphs are placed conveniently so that readers do not have to keep flipping pages. The book is excellent and I thoroughly recommend it.
It's evident that they were in a rush to get this book to market, but despite very sloppy editing and loads of repetition (there were times when I thought my Kindle had skipped back a couple chapters), the book is a very easy and enjoyable read.
The basic premise is that there is a "widening gulf between the beliefs and attitudes of the political elite and those of mainstream America." The authors point to the Tea Party as the front line in the current struggle of the American mainstream. They also show that the Tea Party movement is broadly based and deeply rooted, and any attempt by the political and media elite to ignore or marginalize it is done so at great peril. You can't write off "teabaggers" as racist, because the vast majority of them are not; and you can't write them off as "crazy" because most of them are quite well versed politically and make very reasonable arguments for their case against an overly intrusive government. The authors' research shows that the Tea Party movement is viewed at least as favorably as Republicans and Democrats (despite being much less known), and that the majority of Americans sympathize with their views. Any time a politician or pundit calls a Tea Party candidate "wing nut" "wack job" "Astroturf" etc., they only add fuel to the fire and further incense that majority. On these points, the authors are spot on, and their conclusions are solidly reinforced with empirical data.Read more ›
They wrote in the Introduction to this 2010 book, "The Tea Party movement has become one of the most powerful and extraordinary movements in recent American political history. It is as popular as both the Democratic and Republican parties. It is potentially strong enough to elect senators, governors, and congressmen... This book will explore why this has happened, how it happened, and what the implications are for American politics---now and in the future."
They note that Tea Party is "avowedly nonpartisan," and could have appealed as much to Democrats as to Republicans; they assert "In fact, the Tea Party members were initially animated by frustration with the Bush administration's taxing and spending policies.Read more ›
Most tea party insiders will agree with the demographic descriptions of its members, and what will keep the tea party movement alive or destroy it. The authors also make some thought-provoking connections to the support behind Ross Perot in the 1996 presidential elections.
Given the historic significance and impact of the tea party movement on 2010 mid-term elections and beyond, this book is a must-read for tea party leaders, elected officials and candidates for office, concerned citizens and political bystanders.
I intend to buy this book for several friends and family members, and add it to my recommended reading list for tea party participants.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read this just this past few months ('15-'16), not when it was written a few years back. And it seems as relevant now, if not more so, than the time frame when it was produced. Read morePublished 3 months ago by An Observer
If anyone wants to know Who make up the Tea Party, this is the book to read. Two imminent pollsters, Scott Rasmussen and Douglas Schoen, use public opinion polling information to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is nearly 400 pages of angry polemic that repeats itself endlessly. I found sources taken out of context and errors in citations, in addition to a lack of citations for... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Christina E. Mitchell
Pedestrian account of the seething unrest in the Silent Majority (soon to be the Silenced Minority).Published 21 months ago by Kenneth M. Steele
This book gives the facts on the Tea Party movement in the U.S.A. It may appeal more to the conservative who believes in small government than a liberal who favors a large... Read morePublished 23 months ago by GPS user