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What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Hear... by Thomas Frank
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Read in July, 2005

This book may be the most insightful and prophetic book I've ever read.

Frank examines the post-2004 Democratic Party's relationship with residents of the Heartland, which mirrors the Party's complicated relationship with Americans. Frank argues that Kansas voters -- like the rest of America -- have been forced to engage the Republican Party's message of God, guns, and gays, while the Democrats stand by, watching these voters vote for this divisive agenda at the expense of their own quality of life. Frank argues that once Democrats get back to kitchen table issues, voters will respond, as they are tired of being divided for political purposes.

In 2006, the genius of Frank's argument, while helped by the war's lack of progress, started to come to fruition as Democrats swept into power in both the House and Senate on the backs of populist candidates who discussed the importance of economic and environmental issues. The Democrats continue to embrace Frank's populist argument as the 2008 election approaches.
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