- Vanessa Williamson: Only weeks into the new administration, angry constituents are confronting congressional Republicans
- Tea party offers lessons for Trump's opponents, but only if they remember the full scope of tea party activism, she writes
Vanessa Williamson is a fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of the forthcoming book "Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes." With Theda Skocpol, she is the co-author of "The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism." Unless otherwise noted, the facts below reflect her research for this book. The opinions expressed here are solely hers.
(CNN)Only weeks into the new administration, town hall meetings are jammed, congressional phones are ringing off the hook and some representatives have gone AWOL rather than confront their angry constituents.