The explosive account of how Republican legislators and political operatives fundamentally rigged our American democracy through redistricting.
With Barack Obama's historic election in 2008, pundits proclaimed the Republicans as dead as the Whigs of yesteryear. Yet even as Democrats swooned, a small cadre of Republican operatives, including Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and Chris Jankowski, began plotting their comeback with a simple yet ingenious plan. These men had devised a way to take a tradition of dirty tricks - known to political insiders as "ratf**king" - to a whole new unprecedented level. Flooding state races with a gold rush of dark money made possible by Citizens United, the Republicans reshaped state legislatures, where the power to redistrict is held.
Reconstructing this never-told-before story, David Daley examines the far-reaching effects of this so-called REDMAP program, which has radically altered America's electoral map and created a firewall in the House, insulating the party and its wealthy donors from popular democracy. Ratf**ked pulls back the curtain on one of the greatest heists in American political history.
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Ratf**ked shows in stark detail how a shrinking political party manipulated district lines to ensure its long-term control of key US institutions. After the 2010 GOP mid-term wave, party lawmakers gerrymandered districts to cement their party's gains against future election losses. The abuse of redistricting is literally older than the republic, but here took place on a scale so far unseen in US politics. The GOP padlocked itself into statehouses from Florida to Alaska & into an almost unchallengeable House majority. In state after state, the 2014 elections showed that the majority could vote Democrat, but Republicans would still get most of the representatives. The bottom line is simple: voters must be the ones choosing their representatives; politicians should never be allowed to choose their voters, protect incumbency, skew election results, or doom opponents by manipulating district lines.
I now know why the government is full of whiney bullies who shut down the government at every opportunity.
We no longer have compromise. The Republicans want absolute power and set the wheels in motion to lock it in before the last census. They don't care if the popular vote is won by Democrats. They don't have to. We will never get reasonable government until we can repair and replace the gerrymandered disaster that David Daley explains so well.
As the country increases in diversity, the Republicans see their dominance fading and will do anything to maintain Controll. They will do anything possible to block, rescind, or devalue Democratic votes.
This book will illuminate exactly why you have that feeling.
A small and extreme group within the Republican party has somehow gotten disproportionate power in the House since 2010.
Republican politicians campaign against their fellow republicans to their right, rather than against their democratic opponents.
This book explains exactly why.
As a nation we need to work hard to find better solutions for apolitical redistricting (nothing will be perfect, but we have to try).
We need a left of center party and a right of center party, or a multi-party system. We don't don't need a wing nut party that paralyzes political discussion and blocks any national problem solving!
The gerrymandering described in this book is why DC and most state legislators are disfunctional. This is the vast right wing conspiracy and how democratic (small "d") and republican (small "r") government has been coöpted in the USA. The one book anyone now studying political science must read.
This is a great book to read if you want to understand the secret mess US politics is in! It will open your eyes to see what our future challenges will be. Well worth reading.
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Reading this book will infuriate you if you care about democracy. Big money behind the Republican Party has made possible large scale election fixing.
When politicians pick their electorate, democracy is mirage... a popular myth.
Republicans have the financial muscle to play the long game, using the best minds available.
Democrats look like amateurs in light of this expose.
Frightening and fascinating book regarding 2010 Gerrymandering after the midterm elections. This is not a partisan issue it effects the performance of all elected officials regardless of party. It includes a bit of foreshadowing regarding the 2016 presidential election.
Personal interviews with actual political players
Smooth and well enunciated performance--can listen for hours on end
Political operatives destroy American democracy to get a win for their team
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