Ratf**ked

  • by David Daley
  • Narrated by Brian Sutherland
  • 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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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.
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- Anthony Diaz

Daddy, where do partisan bullies come from?

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.
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- SFHandyman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios