The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism

The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism This revised edition features a new afterword updated through the election On February CNBC commentator Rick Santelli delivered a dramatic rant against Obama administration programs to

  • Title: The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism
  • Author: Theda Skocpol Vanessa Williamson
  • ISBN: 9780199832637
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This revised edition features a new afterword, updated through the 2016 election 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 OverThis revised edition features a new afterword, updated through the 2016 election 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 penetrating new study, Harvard University s Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson go beyond images of protesters in Colonial costumes 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 The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism combines fine grained portraits of local Tea Party members and chapters with an overarching analysis of the movement s rise, impact, and likely fate.

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    1. First, a true story. I was reading this book a few weekends ago while camping with my family, and the man who was camping one site over approached me as we were packing to go home. "I noticed you were reading a book about the Tea Party", he said. He was very friendly as he said it. "Are you a Tea Party supporter?". "Actually, no." I told him. "I'm just reading the book because I'm interested in the effect they're having on current affairs and politics". He stared at me for a minute, his demeanor [...]

    2. I think the authors' assessment of the Tea Party's organization and motivations, which comes off as perhaps a bit overly defensive or deferential in parts of this book, has largely become accepted wisdom at this point and is now applied more broadly to many Trump voters, so in some senses most of this book ended up feeling fairly familiar. Tea Partiers were/are primarily older, relatively well-off, white Americans largely reliant on a closed conservative information ecosystem who became strongly [...]

    3. Why? Why do I keep reading books about these people, hoping to understand and maybe even relate to them, or at least be able to discuss things with them?It is an exercise in futility.Why do I continue to read about people who say "science has become a religion" in this country? Or people who worry about teachers "converting" their children to environmentalism? WHY??The hypocrisy of it all is mind-boggling. Like this:"e Tea Party attitude towards government regulation: regulations are GOOD to har [...]

    4. It's astounding to me how kind and generous Skocpol and Williamson are to the Tea Party activists. I'm not sure that I could maintain that kind of generosity for approximately 250 pages. One thing that I find a bit troubling with this book is that Skocpol and Williamson really downplay the extent to which lobbying groups are influencing the views and activities of the "grassroots" activists. They go to great pains to show that the elite advocacy groups and the grassroots groups are separate and [...]

    5. Here is an honest attempt by two liberal academics to understand the emergence of that conservative political movement known as the Tea Party. It contains some high level analysis of the organization, but its strength comes from the in depth personal conversations with ordinary Tea Party members. The book explores how the opinions of individual members are often different than those of the lobby groups that seek to influence and control them. In fact, one could say this entire work is a study of [...]

    6. An excellent, scholarly work on the history of the Tea Party and their influence on GOP. Through first hand interviews the authors detailed the the nature and composition the of Tea Party groups across the country, and their fears and beliefs. They proved what I suspected all along: Tea Party folks are not really opposed to socialism; they do strongly support large socialist programs that benefit themselves like Medicare, government healthcare for veterans, Social Security, Medicare Part D, etc. [...]

    7. Very clearly biased, but an interesting, in-depth exploration nonetheless. The methods are reminiscent of Fenno's work and offer a refreshing detour from the tech-heavy books that dominate political science these days. Though I am a quantitative scholar, these types of studies are necessary and among the most illuminating in our discipline.

    8. In depth history and analysis of the Tea Party by 2 Harvard women political scientists with liberal leanings. Major focus is on the independent, local, "grassroots" organizations but networked aspects, overarching national and statewide organizations, self-appointed spokespersons, & major donors are also investigated. Tea Partiers are found to be largely white, comfortably retired working class, with above average educational attainment. Members are found to be remarkably knowledgable and we [...]

    9. The Tea Party is unreasonable. This book did not change my mind on that point. But are they good for democracy? I guess the answer is mostly yes. How can it not be good to have engaged citizens (even if the quantity of said citizens is a LOT less than what one might think. The coverage the Tea Party received makes one think they are an ocean, when they are more like a pond--albeit a very noisy, angry pond). At the same time, this complete unwillingness to compromise does a lot to increase parti [...]

    10. I did not finish this. It was written alright, but it wasn't holding my attention they way it should have. I may pick it pagan later.

    11. The authors try very hard to give a dispassionate, neutral overview of the formation of the Tea party.It is difficult not to "read in" various implications, e.g the numerous Birchers and "Oath-Keepers" populating the Tea Party seems to support the hypothesis that racism, not economic concerns, spurred the creation of the Tea Party. But at other times, the authors use cold, hard data to support alternate hypotheses.For example, the Tea Party consisted of mostly middle-aged and older, middle- to u [...]

    12. The book, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, written by Theda Skocpol, accurately and analytically describes the Tea Party movement and its uncertain position in history. The book covers the efforts of grassroots Tea Party supporters coupled with the contributions of unknown organizations and their effect on the Republican Party as a whole. This book also provides both positive and negative aspects of this movement, making the whole idea of the Tea Party extremely transpa [...]

    13. "e two authors have attended many meetings of highly educated liberals in and around academic communities. In those meetings, detailed knowledge of public policies is common. People know exactly what is in Obama's health reform law, exactly how all kinds of taxes work, and can tell you who pays for and benefits from government expenditures. They can debate the intricacies of cap and trade versus carbon taxes. But even liberal PhDs are often extremely vague about how U.S. politics actually works. [...]

    14. This book has a lot of valuable information about the tea party, but it suffers from a couple of things. First, it's an academic account, which means that it's written in an incredibly dry way. It's easy to imagine them retelling some of the interviews or tea party meetings they attended around the country in a much more compelling way. Second, this book suffers from the first draft of history problem. It's a bit too early to tell if the tea party movement will continue to have a lasting impact [...]

    15. Recommended by my dad, who writes, "A much more interesting book is “The Tea Party*****and the remaking of Republican Conservatism”. No, it’s not authored by Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, or Bill O’Reilly but by two from Harvard University…. Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson. They took on a study to examine this movement…what is the Tea Party; who is involved; how does it work; what’s its relationship with the Republican Party operatives; where does it get its money; what’s its [...]

    16. This is a well written intelligent book with an academic bent. It does give a rather clear view of who makes up the Tea Party groups, what they want and what effect they have had. It also looks at those who have manipulated the groups and given them often unwanted leadership. The authors were also able to see many of the limitations of the Tea Party movement into the future. I enjoyed reading the book for the most part.Drawbacks are: 1) the book is dated. Much has changed in the past few years a [...]

    17. The authors interviewed some tea party activists/supporters and tried to describe their positions and what motivates them. They were reasonably objective - i.e they refrained as much as possible from judging those positions. I rated the book 3-stars because the the positions and motivations weren't particularly clear or coherent - sometimes they were hard to decipher, and they weren't necessarily consistent, logical, and didn't hang together very well. I attribute that more to the nature of the [...]

    18. This was an accessible and nuanced academic look at the Tea Party. The book spends a long time getting at the demographics of the Tea Party, and adds color to the data by attending a bunch of local meetings. The most surprising thing to me was that the Tea Party is very much a generational thing. It's overwhelming older, white people with a long history of voting Republican (and certainly not centrist political newcomers).Race is obviously in the background - but it's not really racism, and more [...]

    19. Comprehensive and exhaustive (in every sense of the word) study of the Tea Party movement and it's influence on American politics. The discussion of the demographics, positions, and motivations of the grass-root movements and their members is particularly commendable, if a bit repetitive.The authors do their best to portray the regular activists as amicable, pleasant though misguided citizens, who are almost a model of an actively participating citizen. What I find most questionable, is the auth [...]

    20. A great chronicle of the rise and motivations behind one of the most excellent examples of people uniting and actively participating in the democratic system. Helps reveal truth, lies, and unknows that one would receive from the media. They are regular people (only whiter and older) that are self-centered and only accepting of people in their groups. They've followed an agency of wanting spending cuts (but not sure what to cut) and no compromise; they want it all and will throw a tantrum if they [...]

    21. This won't be an overly intensive review as I'm writing through my political science lens.I think that Skocpol and Williamson do a nice job at defining the contours of being a self identified tea partier. One thing to keep in mind is that their book is based upon a series of interviews and observations of the process tea partiers utilize. I don't think their methodology is an overall negative. There is a massive amount of future research to be pursued and without this work, said research would b [...]

    22. I had to read this book for my community organizing class. I found this book to be informative without passing rhetoric and easy to read. It is respectful when discussions grassroots organizers, and spends a lot of time dissecting the people from the media and plutocrats. Before I read this book, I pretty much believed it was all the same thing, but it really is not. I think Saul Alinsky would have applauded the organizer's rigid following of many of his rules. That was the most the most interes [...]

    23. Not a bad book but would have been much better if I read it in 2012 and would have liked better insight into why the Tea Party is strong in areas where it is, and how the priorities have local Tea Parties groups may vary from one part of the country to another to better understand why and where its influence is greatest in local politics.

    24. Good early analysis of the Tea Party phenomenon. Breaks off on the eve of the 2012 elections, so it doesn't include the latest lunacy. Moving beyond an earlier article with the same title, the book does go beyond a focus on the MA Tea Party to Tea Party activism across the country. Still tends to downplay the blatant ignorance and racism of the Tea Party.

    25. A good ambitious analysis of the tea party. The authors cover demographics, attitudes and add a strong analysis of what the tea party is about. Skocpol notes that they are in fear of others that will take away from their deserved benefits. This is somewhat typical of older white conservatives but the media didn't portray this very well.

    26. Although you can tell the authors have a liberal perspective on politics, I believe they approached their research with open minds and with (mostly) neutral stances. Many misconceptions about Tea Party members were debunked or disproven while also giving more background to who tea partiers really are. If you want to know more about the Tea Party Movement, this is a wonderfully informative book.

    27. This is an academic look at the Tea Party which is slightly dated as it was published at the very end of 2011. Interesting thoughts about how and why grassroots folks have aligned themselves with the Tea Party and what they and umbrella groups get right and get wrong.

    28. There wasn't much to this book other than a lot of poll discussion and some anecdotes, although some of the media discussion was interesting. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone whose bookclub hasn't chosen it since it wasn't very clearly written.

    29. Unbiased? Yes. Informative? Yes. Interesting? God, no. This book bored me to tears. I guess I was expecting a more human approach, portraits of the people involved in this insane movement, but this was "just the facts, ma'am" all the way and a tedious read that I found myself skimming.

    30. Scholarly and academic look in the heart of the Tea Party movement by liberal left academics. Good oversight and needs critique for us in 99% to take on quais-fascist ideals of the Teabaggers.

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