In his new book, Los Angeles Times Washington correspondent Tom Hamburger makes the claim that Republicans have crafted a competitive advantage, using extensive databases to turn out their conservative base, driving a policy agenda that tilts the electorate to the right, and making the most of redistricting to keep Republican seats safe.
Hamburger was joined by Ron Eibensteiner, former chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota, and Jeff Blodgett, executive director of Wellstone Action, in discussing his book One Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century. Dane Smith of the Star Tribune moderated.
Tom Hamburger joined the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau in 2004 as a reporter specializing in the intersection of money and politics in the nation’s capital. He has covered the White House, Congress and the courts and has written extensively about lobbying, campaign finance and corruption at all levels of government. He has received numerous journalism prizes including citations from the National Press Club and the White House Correspondents Association. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1996. He is the author, with Peter Wallsten, of "One Party Country," a critically acclaimed L.A.Times bestseller, describing the Republican Party's strategy for dominance during the presidency of George W. Bush. He worked previously for the Wall Street Journal, McClatchy Newspapers, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Arkansas Gazette.
Jacobs, Lawrence R..
Why Republicans Win.
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