Synopses & Reviews
In the 1960s, the Republican Party began to win over a crucial demographic: white male voters. Presidential politics was transformed for a generation.
David Paul Kuhn explains this fundamental fact behind the rise of the Republicans and the decline of the Democrats, and reminds the political left that midterm victories (1986, 2006) do not always equal sustainable success. In revealing, lucid prose, Kuhn explains how America's conservative party came to win a majority of workingmen and the White House. Grounded in practical politics, The Neglected Voter presciently reconfigures the American political landscape. Equipped with unprecedented research data, reporting, and exclusive interviews with such figures as Jimmy Carter, Norman Mailer, Mark Warner, and Pat Robertson, Kuhn examines the role of gender and racial identity in presidential politics through the social changes that have defined the last half century.
Forget Soccer Moms and the key demographic du jour. Winning elections means going back to basics
In the 1960s, the Republican party won over a crucial demographic: white male voters, and the game was changed for both parties. The Neglected Voter explains how Republicans came to dominate the White House and what Democrats can do to continue their efforts to turn the Red tide. Equipped with rare access to exit polls, exclusive interviews and unprecedented research data, Kuhn examines the role of gender and racial identity and each party's gains and losses through the social changes of the last fifty years.
About the Author
David Paul Kuhn covered the 2004 presidential campaign as Chief Political Writer for CBS News. While reporting for the evening News, he wrote nearly 300 articles for CBSNews.com. He has also served as a reporter in the New York Bureau of Japan’s Yomirui Shimbun. Recently he has contributed political reporting and analysis to Salon.com.
Table of Contents
Up From the Ashes, the New Conservatism, and the White Everyman * The Apex of Liberalism to the Dawn of the New Conservatism (1962-1972) * Southern Man * Blue Collar Backlash: Nixon and the Men he Understood * The Disjointing of the FDR Coalition and the False Dawn of Carter (1972-1979) * The Measure of the Man: The Politics of Personal Manhood * God, Manhood, and Moral Values * The Strategic Rise of Reagan and the White Male Gap (1980) * Millett versus Mailer: Vietnam, Feminism, and White Manhood as Vice * The Peculiar American Conservatism, Patriotism, and the Classic Male * Echo Chamber Journalism and Living with the Likeminded * The Value of Grit * Against God and Country: The Perception of the Effete Liberal Elitist * "Those Who Work Hard and Play by the Rules" (1992) * The Angry White Male: Kicked Out and Charged with Abandonment * The Hard Way and Soccer Moms: The Race of 1996 * Politics of the Common man and Gun Culture * The "Feminine Party" in Wartime: Bush, Kerry, and Bravado * The Political Culture of White Manhood: Taxed, Downsized, Emasculated, Dreaming, Believing, and Antagonized * Conclusion