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Building Red America: The New Conservative Coalition and the Drive for Permanent Power Paperback – Bargain Price, August 28, 2007
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Edsall served in 2006 as a guest columnist for the print edition of the New York Times. Before he came to the Washington Post he reported for The Baltimore Sun and The Providence Journal. He has covered politics for The National Journal, and has contributed TV and radio commentary to CNN, CSPAN, MSNBC, PBS, FOX, and NPR.
Edsall is the author of five books: The Age of Austerity (2012); Building Red America (2006); Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics (2005); Power and Money: Writing About Politics (1988); and The New Politics of Inequality (1984).
He is also the editor of or contributor to a number of other books: Red and Blue Nation? Characteristics and Causes of America's Polarized Politics, contributor (2006); Varieties of Progressivism in America, contributor, 2004; Deadlock: The Inside Story of America's Closest Election (2001); Present Discontents, contributor (1997); The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order 1930-1980, contributor, (1989); The Reagan Legacy, (co-editor and contributor) (1988).
Edsall has written extensively for magazines, with articles appearing in American Prospect, The Atlantic Monthly, Civilization, Dissent, Harper's, The Nation, The National Journal, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, the Washington Monthly.
Edsall's 1992 book Chain Reaction was a Pulitzer finalist in general non-fiction. His awards include the Carey McWilliams Award of the American Political Science Association, the Bill Pryor Award and the Front Page Award of the Newspaper Guild, a yearlong fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and several Media Fellowships at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Edsall attended Brown University and received a B.A. from Boston University.
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This book is a fine introduction to political demography and recent electoral and social history in the United States, and deserves to be entertained by serious students of politics, not the hacks that have reviewed it so far.
Despite Watergate and Vietnam, Republicans have controlled the White House for 20 of the next 28 years, the Senate for 18 of the next 26, and the House for 12 of the next 26. With American businesses firmly in its corner, the Republicans have substantial business acumen (eg. the "K Street Project" and its ability to mobilize all lobbyists to support the entire leadership program), added credibility in debates over taxes and spending, and strong financial backing. Meanwhile, Democrats have become a bifurcated party, with a wide gulf separating the liberal agenda of their leadership elite and the pressing material needs of the party's disadvantaged. To reverse the rightward trend of the electorate, Edsall believes Democrats will have to address gun activists tired of having to get a license, government trying to force integration and affirmative action down people's throats, stop preaching that men and women are the same (men work more hours), increasingly taking people's money, tolerating wrong answers from the IRS and long MVD lines, a never-ending flood of illegals from Mexico, vagrants in the library, etc.
A large number of white males have moved from the Democratic to the Republican party over the issues of affirmative action and equal rights for women (increased job pressures), and busing, and perceived weakness on crime, and welfare - in '04 Kerry lost white voters overall in the $30,000-$75,000 income range by 22 points.Read more ›
But things began to change in the 1980's when voters- many of them lifetime supporters of the Democratic Party- began to switch to the Republican camp. How this happened, and what Republicans did to make it happen, are the main subjects of this book. It breaks down, piece by piece, the Republican strategy that began in the 1980's and continues today. It is a multi- faceted strategy that capitalizes on the general support of big business; the importance of religion to many American families; the economic independence and classical economic approach favored by a growing number of Americans; and the general backlash of many voters against what they perceive as an unfair and/or immoral advantage given to certain groups based on minority or "oppressed" status.
Author Thomas Edsall writes this book in an informative way and he refrains from making judgments or criticizing the strategies used by Republicans. All he wants to do is point out what his research (and the research of others) has confirmed and offer a few talking points on what Democrats can do to win back some of its disgruntled voters. This lack of opinion will suit some readers just fine, but it will irritate others who prefer a more scrutinizing approach.Read more ›
In 2006 most Americans had lost confidence in George W. Bush and his unwon wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the November elections the Democrats won both houses of Congress for the first time since 1992. Two years later they maintained majorities in Congress while winning the White House.
Nine years later, and seven years into the disappointing administration of Barack Obama, Building Red America deserves a second look.
In 1969 Kevin Phillips’ The Emerging Republican Majority predicted just that. In 1974 Democrats thought the Watergate Scandal negated Phillips’ prediction. Nevertheless, Americans who voted for Richard Nixon in 1972 and who in 1974 thought he should resign did not wish that they had voted for George McGovern. They wished that in 1972 they had been able to vote for someone who had Nixon’s values and goals without his penchant for self destruction.
In 1980 when they had the opportunity to vote for Ronald Reagan they enthusiastically did so. Reagan turned out to be to the right of Nixon. Nevertheless, he left office a popular leader, despite a scandal that in some respects was worse than Watergate. A reason Reagan had been elected in 1980 was hostility for Iran. Reagan was caught selling weapons to Iran. No matter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is an example of a partisan hack job. I thought it was real research, but was disappointed.Published on November 11, 2009 by Phillip J. Ardoin
Edsall basically restates what's already been said about the southern strategy,the problems of the Democratic Party, and way the Joe Trippi revolutionized fundraising in Howard... Read morePublished on February 19, 2009 by L. Lieb
So now Obama is the president and the democrats just won their second victory in the Congress. So much for building red America and building a permanent republican majority. Read morePublished on January 16, 2009 by Andy Lee
If the Democrats have major problems I'd like to know what they are. Not one single Democrat running for re-election lost their seat in the House or Senate during the November 2006... Read morePublished on November 26, 2006 by Kevin Schmidt
The author is clearly a Democrat, but the book gives an under-the-hood perspective on modern campaign techniques on both sides of the aisle.Published on September 28, 2006 by Eli