Whistling Past Dixie
How Democrats Can Win Without the South
By Thomas F. Schaller
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780743290166, 352pp.)
Publication Date: January 2008
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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.
Thomas F. Schaller is associate professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and coauthor of Devolution and Black State Legislators. A columnist for The Washington Examiner, Schaller has written for The American Prospect, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and The Washington Post, and has appeared on National Public Radio and C-SPAN television. He lives in Washington, DC.
"Thank goodness for Whistling Past Dixie by Tom Schaller. His perceptive blueprint for de-southernizing our politics couldn't come at a better time." -- Thomas Frank, author of What's the Matter with Kansas?
"Now that Dixie politicians and George W. Bush have remade the national GOP in their own image -- messianic adventurism in the Middle East, Texas-style corruption, bungled oil strategy, and fealty to radical religion -- the new Republican South is turning into a symbol of party parochialism and excess. Tom Schaller's Whistling Past Dixie is the best analysis to date of how the Democrats may be able to take advantage." -- Kevin Phillips, author of American Theocracy