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Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats Hardcover – June 30, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Edition edition (June 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465091660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465091669
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,924,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Few observers are as steeped as Winters is in the theory and practice of polities in both the Roman Catholic Church and the United States of America, and few are as passionately engaged in seeking a redemptive common ground." -- Hendrik Hertzberg

About the Author

Michael Sean Winters has worked as a speechwriter for top political candidates including General Wesley Clark (ret.), and is currently completing his doctorate in Church History at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He has written for The New Republic, the New York Times, Washington Post, Washingtonian, Dallas Morning News, Slate.com, and America, and has appeared as a commentator on “ABC News” and “Capital Sunday.” He lives in Washington, D.C.

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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jeri Nevermind VINE VOICE on August 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Winters is a good writer, and this is a thoughtful and engaging book, although it does slant left. Essentially, the bulk of the book is a history of Catholics and the Democratic party. This part is outstanding.

There is only a short chapter or two at the end which dealt with the future of the Democratic party and Catholics. This surprised me, given the title.

Winters suggests that the huge, new population of Catholic Hispanics in the United States will eventually create a solid majority of Democrats. "Hispanics may change America...The Catholic Left...can lead the way by making local parishes into effective melting pots" (p 220).

His sympathy for the new immigrants is touching, but I doubt he's right about their connection to the Democratic party.

How can practicing Catholics vote Democratic so long as Democrats insist on abortion on demand?

Winters says "the Left must challenge the Church to put less emphasis on changing the law and more emphasis on changing the culture. The Left must say that although the Church is free to try to persuade women not to abort, it cannot coerce them" (p 187).

There is nothing unclear about Catholic teaching and belief about abortion. You can pick up a Catechism of the church in any bookstore and it will tell you that Catholics believe abortion is a terrible moral wrong. It is the murder of a child. By allowing its legalization 40 million babies have been killed. Catholics cannot vote for anyone who supports abortion.

The Democratic party has tied itself to gay marriage and abortion.

So, what will happen to those millions and millions of Hispanics flooding the US? Right now, many vote Democratic because of immigration issues.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andre L. Foster on July 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is really smart. It goes all the way back to FDR and the New Deal to discuss how Catholics have been involved politically with the Democrats. I hope Obama and his campaign team read it - Obama did badly among Catholics in the primaries. Hillary beat him 70%-30% among Catholics in Pennsylvania. This book will give him ideas about how to win them back. The last chapter on Latinos is especially good.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth on December 11, 2013
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It's better than o.k. but I get tired of the less progressive view and probably will not read another book like this one.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter P. Fuchs on December 18, 2010
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All you have to know to understand the odd point of view of this book, and its significant omissions, is that the writer has turned out to be an admirer and de facto defender of Jerry Falwell and a lot of his Republican exploits. This hardly seems to be based in any kind of analysis of day-to-day normality of everyday Catholics actually being more liberal than people understand. Rather it is based in the odd brew the author has cooked up in which the vastly reactionary positions of the Catholic Church nowadays can somehow be seen as less reactionary than they are. It is a rabbit-out-of-a-hat attempt, which has little to do with real Democratic Party thinking. All this from a scribbler who recently careened into the realm of cringe-worthy hyperbole by assailing President Obama with the words J'Accuse. Thus, the only meaning to "left at the altar" in this regard, is that the author feels like a jilted bride whose fabulous lace dress was disrespected, and hardly a modern day Dreyfusard.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Scanlon VINE VOICE on February 4, 2012
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Although his puss occupies the place of honour in the once honorable National Catholic Reporter left column strip of mugshots, no one believes or even reads what he writes anymore as he is purely Republican propaganda. In fact his hypocritical blank stare makes the page unviewable, and yet like Orwell's Big Brother in Nineteen Eighty-Four, there he is staring out demandingly at you rather unfocussed from every wall, the abomination of the desolation within the holy place, leaving leaving the beloved NCR as only recourse.

Here he also shamelessly defines for us who we are, as Roman Catholics and as Democrats, and shamelessly redefines these great states according to the whims of his Republican owners, defiling even the great memory of our slain President Kennedy.

BTW, I did not realize FDR was a Roman Catholic . . .

Skip this unholy revisionist history with its political platform to sell. You believe this guy's fallacious argumentation and you'll believe that philandering contra Newt can win and do something for someone aside from the wealthy. Hey, Mike says so; must be so . . .

Try some real historical analysis, like Garry Wills and his Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence and so much else of great worth, not this amateur failed political propagandist who could not make it any longer as a political speech writer so he wound up destroying NCR instead, and writing foolishness like this that even the most gullible will not buy.
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