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Astroturf versus Grass Roots: Scenes from Early Tea Party Mobilization1

Clarence Y. H. Lo

in Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520274228
eISBN:
9780520954106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520274228.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter takes on the much-disputed question of whether the Tea Party is Astroturf or grassroots. The Astroturf metaphor asserts that conservative leadership organizations provided resources, ... More


View from the Top: Report on Six National Tea Party Organizations

Devin Burghart

in Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520274228
eISBN:
9780520954106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520274228.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter discusses the six national organizational networks at the core of the Tea Party movement: FreedomWorks, 1776 Tea Party, Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Patriots, Patriot Action Network ... More


The Rise of the Tea Party

Christine Trost and Lawrence Rosenthal

in Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520274228
eISBN:
9780520954106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520274228.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This introductory chapter begins by discussing the emergence of the Tea Party movement in the wake of Barack Obama's inauguration as president in 2009. It then sets out the book's purpose, which is ... More


The Tea Party and the Religious Right Movements: Frenemies with Benefits

Peter Montgomery

in Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520274228
eISBN:
9780520954106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520274228.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter takes up the question of the relations between the religious right and the Tea Party. In its split between libertarianism and social conservatism, the Tea Party is writing a new chapter ... More


The Past and Future of Race in the Tea Party Movement

Joseph Lowndes

in Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520274228
eISBN:
9780520954106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520274228.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter discusses the role of race and racism in the Tea Party movement. It argues that race is indeed central to the Tea Party movement, but in ways not fully appreciated by its supporters or ... More


Grand Old Tea Party: Partisan Polarization and the Rise of the Tea Party Movement

Alan I. Abramowitz

in Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520274228
eISBN:
9780520954106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520274228.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter analyzes the sources of support for the Tea Party movement within the American public. It also explains why the Tea Party movement emerged when it did, immediately following the election ... More


The Future of the Tea Party: Scoring an Invitation to the Republican Party

Martin Cohen

in Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520274228
eISBN:
9780520954106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520274228.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter analyzes the Tea Party's likely effect on the Republican Party. It explores the criteria needed for movement newcomers to have an effect on the established parties, and then analyzes the ... More


Criticism and Credit: How Deficit Implications Undermine Credit Allocation

Justin Grimmer, Sean J. Westwood, and Solomon Messing

in The Impression of Influence: Legislator Communication, Representation, and Democratic Accountability

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691162614
eISBN:
9781400852666
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691162614.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter examines how the emergence of the Tea Party movement corresponds with a spike in antispending rhetoric among congressional Republicans, who criticized particularistic projects that other ... More


The Social Movement Society, the Tea Party, and the Democratic Deficit

David S. Meyer and Amanda Pullum

in Democratizing Inequalities: Dilemmas of the New Public Participation

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479847273
eISBN:
9781479800223
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479847273.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter focuses on the Tea Party movement's mobilization of grassroots activism since 2009 to demonstrate how populist mobilization builds from public sentiments of inequality and democratic ... More


The Tea Party: A “White Citizenship” Movement?1

Lisa Disch

in Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520274228
eISBN:
9780520954106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520274228.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter challenges conventional liberal views of Tea Party supporters around race and fiscal conservatism. It argues that Tea Partiers are neither simply racist nor strictly libertarian nor ... More


Reframing Populist Resentments in the Tea Party Movement

Chip Berlet

in Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520274228
eISBN:
9780520954106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520274228.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter argues that Tea Party advances its agenda using the historic rhetoric, tropes, and frames of right-wing populism, especially the narrative called “producerism.” In right-wing producerist ... More


Constricting Boundaries: Collective Identity in the Tea Party Movement

Deana A. Rohlinger, Jesse Klein, Tara M. Stamm, and Kyle Rogers

in Border Politics: Social Movements, Collective Identities, and Globalization

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479898992
eISBN:
9781479806799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479898992.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies)

Collective identity, or a shared sense of belonging to a group, is the scaffolding of social movements. Integral to collective identity is the creation and articulation of the boundaries of a group. ... More


Shaping a New Conservative Agenda

Michael Tanner

in Crisis of Conservatism?: The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, and American Politics After Bush

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199764013
eISBN:
9780199897186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764013.003.0012
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter identifies the different elements in the conservative movement and delineates its fundamental contradictions and conflicts. It delineates the different assumptions of economic, social, ... More


A Tale of Two Movements

Lawrence Rosenthal and Christine Trost (eds)

in Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520274228
eISBN:
9780520954106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520274228.003.0012
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This epilogue suggests that the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movements have something fundamental in common. They are both expressions of pain from differing points of view of the same ... More


Compassionate Conservatism, Domestic Policy, and the Politics of Ideational Change

Steven Teles

in Crisis of Conservatism?: The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, and American Politics After Bush

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199764013
eISBN:
9780199897186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764013.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The idea of compassionate conservatism was presented in the 2000 presidential campaign as a major innovation in Republican Party public philosophy. To the contrary, the idea was a rebranding of ideas ... More


Race, Reenactment, and the “Natural-Born Citizen”

Tavia Nyong’o

in Unsettled States: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479857722
eISBN:
9781479818334
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479857722.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter focuses on the “historical” claims of the Tea Party movement as it reorients and reinvents the Revolutionary War archive. The temporal bend that loops the Tea Party to this revolutionary ... More


CONCLUSION: From Birchers to Birthers?

Heather Hendershot

in What's Fair on the Air?: Cold War Right-Wing Broadcasting and the Public Interest

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226326771
eISBN:
9780226326764
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226326764.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter states that there are two prevailing arguments present in the entire book: that the ultras were embarrassments who were left behind in order to create a more legitimate and effective ... More


Conclusion

June Melby Benowitz

in Challenge and Change: Right-Wing Women, Grassroots Activism, and the Baby Boom Generation

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813061221
eISBN:
9780813051437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813061221.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter looks back at the challenges that rightist women faced in the rapidly changing American society during the three decades that followed World War II. It discusses how changes that ... More


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