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Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  8 reviews

Two generations ago Kevin Phillips challenged Republicans to envision a southern-based national majority. In Whistling Past Dixie, Tom Schaller issues an equally transformative challenge to Democrats: Build a winning coalition outside the South.

ebook, 352 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2006)
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An interesting book, if dated now (it was written before the 2006 elections, when the Democrats were still in huge trouble). It has some very solid political data and anecdotes that are probably of interest.

However, I still disagree with some of Schaller's conclusions both from a strict Machivellian perspective, and more importantly from an idealistic perspective as well. Schaller is a firm believer that politics is too serious to not take winning seriously, and I suppose some people like this a
Detailed book explaining how the Democrats can with the 2008 Presidential elections without having to pander to the South. The author Thomas F. Schaller says Democrats can take back the Whitehouse by vying for purples states such as Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, and Ohio. The basic premise is the Democrats have to gain more control of liberal states and build structures in purple or swing states. The way to create this is similar to a farm league in baseball. Develop a league of young talent in ...more
This is a good book on the history of how the Democratic party lost the South and what they can do to reverse their political fortunes. The author has suggestions for the Democratic party, backed up by polls and other analyses, on how to revive their political fortunes by essentially ignoring the South (mainly Dixie) and focusing on reviving the party in the rest of the country.

This book came out 2 years before Obama's election and it looks as though the Obama campaign and Democrats took several
May 10, 2007 suz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: political strategists and historians
A useful tactical guide, October 29, 2006
Reviewer: David Stinson from Amazon

An overall good book. The author I think has a useful strategy, and lots of numbers to back it up. In fact, my main criticism of the book would be that Scaller is better with numbers than complex philosophical arguments. He can tell you a lot of useful information on the political situation in many places around the country. He analyzes the politics in the south very well. The historical analysis from decades ago is less
oh man, just couldn't get through this...lots of stats, little to no narration. just. couldn't. do it.
Schaller just kept making the same and similar points repeatedly. He was very repetitive. Really!
Polly Callahan
author is a professor at UMBC
I think he's wrong.
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