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Voting to Kill: How 9/11 Launched the Era of Republican Leadership [Kindle Edition]

Jim Geraghty
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In Voting to Kill, author Jim Geraghty offers a comprehensive look at why recent elections have given the Republican Party its greatest political success since the 1920s. Despite a lot of talk about values, problems within the GOP, "red state culture," and the slow but vital progress in Iraq, the biggest difference between the two parties remains the subject of safety. As the Democrats continue to project an image of confusion and pacifism, even in the face of increasingly vicious terrorist activity in the Middle East, more Americans trust the GOP to be ruthless in killing terrorists. From "security moms" to neo-Jacksonian bloggers, people across the country are confronting the post-9/11 era with white-knuckle anger and relentless determination. Voting to Kill captures this zeitgeist, showing why terrorism was the defining issue in 2002 and 2004, and will be in 2006 and 2008, as Republicans rev up instinctively hawkish Americans to vote and campaign as if their lives depend on it.

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Geraghty made his mark blogging coverage of the Kerry presidential campaign for National Review. In this insightful book, he deconstructs all the theories about Republican popularity as part of a craving for family values and focuses on what he considers the real issue: national security and safety in the face of terrorist threats. Americans favor a political party they think will not hesitate to kill terrorists. Drawing on recollections by ordinary Americans of the fear they felt on 9/11 as they faced the harrowing choice of which child to pick up from school first, Geraghty believes this fear created "Security Moms and Dads" singularly focused on safety who believe that Republicans are most likely to deliver on that issue. Geraghty suggests that to have any hope of regaining political power, Democrats need to project a tougher image on terrorism and stronger support for defense spending. To remain in power, Republicans need to balance their hawkishness. Readers wondering how long the political agenda will be ruled by 9/11 will appreciate this comprehensive look at terrorism and American politics. Vanessa Bush
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"You want to know why the GOP has won big in 2002 and 2004? Read this book. You want to know why the public does not trust the Democratic Party to protect America? Read this book. This book is for everyone whose worldview changed on 9/11. After you read it, show it to people who have NOT accepted the post-9/11 reality we all face. This book might just open their eyes."

-- Rush Limbaugh

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  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (September 19, 2006)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012Y1GNS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! September 17, 2006
Geraghty has written the must-read book of the political season. It portends that even in the face of crappy poll numbers and an occassionally ill-focused agenda, Republicans are likely to continue their string of electoral successes in large measure because voters don't trust the Democrats and the American left to successfully prosecute the War on Terror.

Geraghty's book is exhaustively researched and yet remains a pleasure to read. His blogger's wit and irreverance combines with spot on analysis to make this the political book of the year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars why the Michael Moore Party can't win September 12, 2006
Geraghty makes a persuasive case that the war on terror is not an election issue, but THE issue, and the reason why the Republicans are likely to dominate for some time to come unless the Democrats change their tune. Unfortunately, he makes an equally strong case that the Democrats probably won't change their tune in the foreseeable future, due to a large constituency that doesn't take terrorism seriously.

Geraghty does overstate his case in some instances, and understates it slightly in others, which is why I gave it 4 stars rather than 5. It's a pretty good book, but with a little more editing it could have been a great one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Regarding David Avender's customer review July 10, 2008
David Avender's "customer review" above is plagiarized verbatim from my October 9, 2006 National Review book review of Geraghty's book. It is easily available online under the heading "Still a majority?"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ready, funny author January 9, 2007
This is a wonderful book by a great author. Jim Geraghty is a smart, insightful, and funny man. Though I disagree with his political views the book is very good at presenting both sides of the argument. Read it and Love it!
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