Building Red America: The New Conservative Coalition and the Drive for Permanent Power the Drive for Permanent Power

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Basic Books, 2006 - Political Science - 320 pages
This powerful examination of the present and future of American politics, by one of America's most distinguished political journalists, reveals how the Republican Party has gained a long-term institutional advantage that allows it to shrug off apparent setbacks like the 2006 elections. Building Red America takes us deeper than any previous book into the operations of the power brokers and issues that galvanize voters.


1 Democratic Party Weaknesses Have Magnified Republican Party Advantages 1
Polarization as a Republican Strategy 50
Christians to the Right Media to the Left 78
4 The Republican Party Weds Corporate America 106
5 The Two Revolutions 154
An Enormous Expansion in the Role of Market Forces 194
Two Sets of ProblemsIdeological and Structural 211
ThreeQuarters or Half a Party 248
Notes 255
Index 309
About the Author 321

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Thomas B. Edsall covered national politics for twenty-five years at the Washington Post. He is now a correspondent for the New Republic and the National Journal. He was a guest columnist in 2006 for the New York Times, and holds the Pulitzer-Moore Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at Columbia University in New York. His previous book, Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1992. He lives in New York and Washington, D.C.

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