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One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Centuryby Tom Hamburger
Synopses & Reviews
"Hamburger and Wallsten pull back the curtain and reveal the Republican battle plan to take over American politics. With compelling detail and scrupulous fairness, the two uncover many of the machinations that have been below the radar screen—until now."
—Roger Simon, author of Divided We Stand
Is the United States becoming a one-party country? Republicans control every branch of government in Washington and most governorships. Even in the face of public despair over Iraq, the downfall of GOP powerbrokers like Tom DeLay, and the Bush administration's inept response to Hurricane Katrina, Republicans remain firmly planted in the driver's seat of national politics.
One Party Country shows that Republicans own a clear advantage in the fundamentals of campaigning: money, organization, and message. And even as many pundits ponder potential Democratic success in upcoming elections, this book's rigorous examination of the GOP machine suggests that a Democratic resurgence faces steep barriers— barriers erected by conservatives who have worked to build their dominant position since the days of Barry Goldwater.
Los Angeles Times political reporters Hamburger and Wallsten unravel Karl Rove's vast and complex plan, both to consolidate the right's own power base and to continue chipping away at the Democrats' constituency, the New Deal coalition of labor and minorities that buttressed Democratic dominance for decades. The strategists fighting to build a long-lasting Republican majority have deployed a vast arsenal to that end—funneling taxpayer dollars to gain entrée in black churches, harnessing cable broadcasts and the Internet, forging alliances with conservative Jews and Christians, politicizing policy decisions to a greater extent than at any other time in history, and revolutionizing the way campaigns are run. And they have mastered the very art of grassroots political organizing that once was the trademark of Democratic campaigns.
Some of the tactics are stunning in their audacity and ambition, like ordering federal bureaucrats to make decisions based on the reelection chances of Republican lawmakers. Not to mention using the Voting Rights Act to pack liberal black voters into single congressional districts to assure the elections of white conservatives in neighboring ones. One of the most striking creations was a White House faith-based initiative that has directed millions of dollars to African American churches in the hope that their pastors will feel indebted to a Republican president and become willing to campaign for his party.
Some developments have led to trouble. The aggressive Republicanization of Washington lobbying shops spawned GOP embarrassments like Jack Abramoff, the super-lobbyist at the center of one of the capital's biggest corruption scandals. But while Democrats hope to benefit politically from what they call a "culture of corruption" in Republican-led Washington, they show few signs of grasping how dramatically the GOP machine has transformed American politics—and how hard it will be for the Democrats to catch up.
The twenty-first century GOP is the New York Yankees of national politics. And like a dominant sports franchise, the Republicans have put in place the advantages they need to ensure an automatic edge in every foreseeable cycle. One Party Country describes brick-by-brick how this one-party foundation was built—and foreshadows whether it has been built to last.
The Los Angeles Times bestseller
"Intelligent....Their book represents a burgeoning literary genre--studies of Roveology, which is the art of using what Republicans embrace, marketing information and what they theoretically are wary of, federal power, to elect more Republicans."
--George Will, Newsweek
"Persuasive....Hamburger and Wallsten discuss in great detail the misuse of executive branch power for raw political purposes."
--Mark Schmitt, Washington Monthly
The single greatest priority for the Bush administration has been the consolidation of executive power. That power has been wielded like never before for partisan gain: to win current and future elections for Republicans across America. The Democrats had everything going for them in the 2006 election, but all the obstacles Republicans have been constructing paid off by denying them an even bigger win. Democrats are confident going into 2008, but the Republican advantages endure. Through a rigorous examination of the GOP machine, this book reveals how a true Democratic resurgence faces steep barriers--barriers erected by conservatives who have worked to build their dominant position since the days of Barry Goldwater.
"Incisive journalistic digging...One Party Country does a good job of spelling out the GOP electoral strategy objectively and in detail."
--The Christian Science Monitor
" Intelligent. . . . Their book represents a burgeoning literary genre- studies of Roveology, which is the art of using what Republicans embrace, marketing information, and what they theoretically are wary of, federal power, to elect more Republicans." - George Will, Newsweek By the Spring of 2006, with scandal swirling around the Republicans and a President sinking in the polls, commentators began predicting a historically huge win for the Democrats. But as this book shows, thanks to redistricting, micro-targeting, fundraising, executive branch arm-twisting, and other techniques, the Republicans are well poised to compete in every forthcoming election, in every district, for years to come. Tom Hamburger (Silver Spring, MD) and Peter Wallsten (Washington, DC) cover the White House for the Los Angeles Times.
About the Author
Tom Hamburger is an investigative reporter covering Congress and the executive branch for the Los Angeles Times. Peter Wallsten covers the White House for the Los Angeles Times. Both authors have been interviewed about the Bush administration on CNN, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, and NPR.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The real Cdente3r of Power.
Chapter 2. Stacking the Electoral Deck.
Chapter 3. The End of the Southern Strategy.
Chapter 4. The Rove Doctrine.
Chapter 5. The Organized Shall Inherit the Earth.
Chapter 6. Death by a Thousand Cuts.
Chapter 7. The Business of America Is Business- and Lobbying.
Chapter 8. Put to the Test: Social Security.
Chapter 9. Put to the Test: The Bench.
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