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Skocpol, Theda
The Tea Party and the remaking of Republican conservatism / Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  JK2391.T43 S56 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Tea Party movement
Conservatism -- United States
Physical Description xii, 245 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [207]-236) and index
Contents Introduction : I want my country back! -- 1. Behind the costumes and signs: who are the Tea Partiers? -- 2. What they believe: ideas and passions -- 3. Mobilized grassroots and roving billionaires: the panoply of Tea Party organizations -- 4. Getting the word out: the media as cheerleader and megaphone -- 5. How the Tea Party boosts the GOP and prods it rightward -- 6. The Tea Party and American democracy
Summary On February 19, 2009, CNBC commentator Rick Santelli delivered a dramatic rant against Obama administration programs to shore up the plunging housing market. Invoking the Founding Fathers and ridiculing "losers" who could not pay their mortgages, Santelli called for "Tea Party" protests. Over the next two years, conservative activists took to the streets and airways, built hundreds of local Tea Party groups, and weighed in with votes and money to help right-wing Republicans win electoral victories in 2010. In this study, the author, a political scientists, and co-author go beyond the inevitable photos of protesters in Colonial costumes and tricorn hats and knee breeches to provide a nuanced portrait of the Tea Party. What they find is sometimes surprising. Drawing on grassroots interviews and visits to local meetings in several regions, they find that older, middle-class Tea Partiers mostly approve of Social Security, Medicare, and generous benefits for military veterans. Their opposition to "big government" entails reluctance to pay taxes to help people viewed as undeserving "freeloaders" including immigrants, lower income earners, and the young. At the national level, Tea Party elites and funders leverage grassroots energy to further longstanding goals such as tax cuts for the wealthy, deregulation of business, and privatization of the very same Social Security and Medicare programs on which many grassroots Tea Partiers depend. Elites and grassroots are nevertheless united in hatred of Barack Obama and determination to push the Republican Party sharply to the right. This book combines portraits of local Tea Party members and chapters with an overarching analysis of the movement's rise, impact, and likely fate. The paperback edition will be updated to bring the discussion up to the present, including the Republican Presidential primary race in early 2012
NOTE 510501
Alternate Author Williamson, Vanessa

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