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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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By Amazon Customer on 03-19-17
Skip around; it's vital reading, but may be too much for some
A very important book! The layout of the book is a little lost in audio version, as most of it is broken down one state per chapter. In print I noticed my friends could pick a chapter based on state and read. Going straight through was a little repetitive at times, and it's super important to get to the last three chapters which capture the core learning of the writer. So if you get bored, skip to the last three chapters!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Anthony Diaz on 08-24-16
Politicians Should Not Get to Choose their Voters
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.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful