A surprising and revealing look inside the Tea Party movement--where it came from, what it stands for, and what it means for the future of American politics
They burst on the scene at the height of the Great Recession--angry voters, gathering by the thousands to rail against bailouts and big government. Evoking the Founding Fathers, they called themselves the Tea Party. Within the year, they had changed the terms of debate in Washington, emboldening Republicans and confounding the Obama administration’s ability to get things done.
Boiling Mad is Kate Zernike’s eye-opening look inside the Tea Party, introducing us to a cast of unlikely activists and the philosophy that animates them. It is a movement full of color and contradiction: the Tea Partiers loathe big government, but many are on Medicare; they push fiscal responsibility, yet some have declared bankruptcy. They have energized the electorate, but further polarized it, too.
Far from a fringe movement, the Tea Party reflects longstanding discontent among Americans who might otherwise share little in common. We have to understand it if we are to understand politics in 2010 and in the future. Boiling Mad will dispel the myths and reveal the truth about the Tea Party and what it means for our country.