Next week: Talking tea parties at AEI with Ross Douthat and Jonah Goldberg
Quick self-promotion break: Next Wednesday, I'll join New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, Winston Group pollster Kristen Soltis, and "Liberal Fascism" author Jonah Goldberg for an American Enterprise Institute panel on tea parties and "politics in the age of the Internet." You can register here, and if you're in D.C. that day at 2 p.m., you should. Goldberg has had, I'd argue, a bigger influence on the rhetoric and thought of the tea parties than any other single writer. Soltis's Winston Group produced the best survey of the movement. And Douthat is one of several conservatives who spent the end of the Bush years coming up with a plan for the GOP rather radically different from the "back to Coolidge" agenda of the tea parties.
Below the fold, the description for the event.
Are Tea Parties the Future?: Politics in the Age of the Internet
Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, AEI
1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036
At this event, three close observers of the American political scene will examine the rapid rise of the tea party movement and what it means for civic life. What drives the tea party movement? Will its momentum last through the 2010 elections and beyond? How does it compare to the Obama campaign’s political activist netroots? Is there a revolution afoot among average Americans mobilized by the power of the Internet? What does an active and engaged citizenry look like in the digital age?
Answering these and other questions will be Kristen Soltis, director of policy research at the Winston Group; David Weigel, blogger and reporter with the Washington Post; and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat. AEI visiting fellow Jonah Goldberg will moderate.
This is the first in a series of events organized by AEI’s American Citizenship program. The program is dedicated to strengthening the foundations of American freedom and self-government by renewing our understanding of American citizenship.
ROSS DOUTHAT, New York Times
KRISTEN SOLTIS, Winston Group
DAVID WEIGEL, Washington Post
JONAH GOLDBERG, AEI