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Author: Dave "Mudcat" Saunders,Bob Kerrey,Steve Jarding
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Title: Foxes in the Henhouse: How the Republicans Stole the South and the Heartland and What the Democrats Must Do to Run 'em Out
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Publisher: Touchstone (October 10, 2006)
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Foxes in the Henhouse: How the Republicans Stole the South and the Heartland and What the Democrats Must Do to Run 'em Out by Dave "Mudcat" Saunders,Bob Kerrey,Steve Jarding



Foxes in the Henhouse. How the Republicans Stole the South and the Heartland and What the Democrats Must Do to Run 'em Out. By Steve Jarding and Dave "Mudcat" Saunders. Foreword by Bob Kerrey. Like a newly discovered treasure map offering a path to buried riches, Foxes in the Henhouse is a hard-hitting political blueprint for how the Democrats can win again in the South and rural America. The authors document the Republicans' rise in the South and Midwest, expose the hypocrisy that marked their ascent, and offer a take-no-prisoners plan to kick them out. The authors know of what they speak.

Foxes in the Henhouse : How the Republicans Stole the South and the Heartland and What the Democrats Must Do to Run 'em Out. by Dave "Mudcat" Saunders and Steve Jarding. Foxes in the Henhouse" begins by dissecting the '04 Presidential election into numerous dimensions, showing that Bush had improved over '00 results in about every way possible - concluding that the problem was not that eg. "Bush was a wartime President - very difficult to beat" but that Kerry, et al, had run an ineffective campaign.

Foxes in the Henhouse book. In addition to exposing the lies behind the gradual Republican invasion of the hinterland that began in the 1960s, they offer some surprisingly simple strategies for Democrats to capture each of these issues. Among other things, Jarding and Saunders urge Democrats to. - Quit turning their noses up at the culture of rural America and talk to people where they live. Show some passion and retaliate when Republicans assassinate their characters.

He is co-author, with political strategist Steve Jarding, of a book on the topic, Foxes in the Henhouse: How the Republicans Stole the South and the Heartland, and What the Democrats Must Do to Run 'em Out. Saunders is also known for making colorful statements. In a 2005 interview with the blog SouthNow, Saunders was asked, "Why did the Democrats lose in 2004?": They can't fucking count. That's the Democrats' problem. You don't get in the football game and punt on first down. We conceded 20 states at first and then six more by Labor Da. .

If he runs parallel to the Democrats as Ron Paul does to the Republicans, Mr. Webb can save the party. And the feeling is mutual. But I was waiting for a Democrat to awaken the heartland again as they did in the real Jacksonian era, having read the creative and original thinking of Steve Jarding and Dave Mudcat Saunders in their 2006 book, Foxes in the Henhouse: How the Republicans Stole the South and the Heartland and What the Democrats must do to Run ‘em Out. I was waiting for former Virginia Senator Jim Webb. Both parties have reached the crisis moment, which is clearly indicated by the desire to fall back on old families-it is a dangerous default to nostalgia and failure.

How the Republicans Stole the South and the Heartland and What the Democrats Must Do to Run 'em Out. by: Steve Jarding; Dave "Mudcat" Saunders. Save up to 80% by choosing the eTextbook option for ISBN: 9780743288934, 0743288939. The print version of this textbook is ISBN: 9780743286527, 0743286529. com/David Saunders (political strategist).

Foxes in the Henhouse: How the Republicans Stole the South and the Heartland and What the Democrats Must Do to Run'em Out - Steve Jarding, Dave "Mudcat" Saunders, and Bob Kerrey 38. Free Speech for Me, But not for Thee - Nat Hentoff 39. Front Row at the White House - Helen Thomas 40. The Future of Freedom - Fareed Sakaria 41. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (2010) 42. Gideon's Trumpet - Anthony Lewis (the story behind Gideon v. Wainwright) 43. Hail to the Chief - Robert Dalik 44.

the Republicans Stole the South and the Heartland and What the Democrats Must Do to Run 'em Out. It is a masterpiece of political style and sensibility and a political pathfinder's guide to rising tides in contemporary liberalism. In just a few short years," wrote Saunders in the introduction, "Americans have witnessed the greatest redistribution of wealth from the working class to the richest elites in the history of our nation. We hear that again today from Warren, and today we listen. Our political leaders increasingly have become puppets and pawns for.

An irreverent and in-depth examination of the rise of the Republican Party in the American South and Midwest informs readers about unethical Republican practices while making recommendations on how Democrats can regain the majority by addressing regional concerns about issues ranging from gun control to gay marriage. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
Reviews: 7
Alexandra
Got this as a gift for misquided grandchild. Would not consider reading it myself.
Jothris
Excellent! Important to review what has happened as we try to rewrite history. Reading this book helped to explain so much and help me recall what was going on. Perhaps if more people read this, we would actually learn from history rather than repeating. Should be required reading for all Democrats who are running for office.
Ger
Needs more cuss words from Mudcat
Gaeuney
this is a great book. Good insight into what happened in the "contract w/America." Great reading for anyone of progressive political persuasion
Naktilar
Foxes in the Henhouse should be required reading for any Democrat or Independent who loves this country and is unwilling to let it continue on the Republicans' disasterous course. (Any writers willing to say that Reagan couldn't carry LBJ's jockstrap are aces in my book!)
Lightbinder
Too much of this book is spent on telling Democrats how they can win back the White House, and, more importantly, the voter's trust. Nice premise, but it lacks imagination. While they make a good case that Republicans lie their way into wars they can get out of and give taxpayer money to wealthy associates, authors Steve Jarding and Dave Saunders spend a lot of time complaining. This is probably what makes the Democrats. Democrats whine about everything and agree on next to nothing. There is no sure thing if you're a Democrat (nominating a decorated war hero for president to oppose a clueless draft dodger) didn't accomplish anything. Of course John Kerry had the charisma of a fence post, but that's another issue.

One area of concern is the author's ability to gloss over reality. Take the opening sentence to chapter 5 on page 105. How many blacks or homosexuals, or any other left of center group could identify with the statement that "several generations of Americans had witnessed firsthand the power and compassion of a government dedicated to equality, justice, fairness, and opportunity[?]" Jarding and Saunders seem out of touch, way out of touch, with the plights of many Americans who likely would associate themselves with the Democratic party. The bulk of the book impl;ies that the best way to reach out to voters is to take a page out of the Republican's book. Isn't that what's gotten us into this mess in the first place?

This book just never hit home with me. I like how they paint the National Rifle Association as a radical group that threatens our freedoms more than they support them. They also have a nice collection of quotations on page 197, but the overall impact misses the mark.
Tam
Jarding and Saunders provide a credible, well-reasoned, and easy-to-read critique of recent Democratic campaigns, along with suggestions for significant improvement.

"Foxes in the Henhouse" begins by dissecting the '04 Presidential election into numerous dimensions, showing that Bush had improved over '00 results in about every way possible - concluding that the problem was not that eg. "Bush was a wartime President - very difficult to beat" but that Kerry, et al, had run an ineffective campaign.

Kerry's last mistake was ending up with $15 million in the bank, and 75,000 votes short in Ohio that he possibly could have won had the money been used. His first mistake - conceding the equivalent of 27 states (Bush campaigned everywhere) and their 227 electoral votes - 84% of the total Bush needed to win. Most of the 27 states were in the South, fastest growing area in the U.S. and an area Saunders had recently demonstrated as winnable via Democrat Warner's 2004 victory in the governor's race.

The authors assert that character assassination is now a conventional weapon for Republicans, and Democrats need to fire back. Kerry, for example, should have immediately gone after Bush on the Swift Boat attacks, and called for a debate on military matters (current issues and past service), and held it in the South. They also believe that '04 Democrats mistakenly focused on the economy instead of the war on terror, and added Wesley Clark or Bob Kerrey to the ticket. (Another possibility was Sen. Graham with a 70% approval rating in Florida. a state with 27 electoral votes - enough for Kerry to win.) Instead, Kerry let himself look foolish on the topic by being framed with the "I voted for the "87 billion in spending before I voted against it."

"Foxes in the Henhouse" claims that data show voters in the South and rural America increasingly voting primarily according to issues of patriotism (eg. anti-flag-burning) or morals (they also attend church more often). Republicans have taken advantage of this by using these polarizing issues, without even being burdened with pressure to deliver tangible goods. (Possibly part of the reason Bush II feels free to fill positions with little regard for competence.) The "key" to winning the South is utilizing means to connect culturally with its masses.

The authors believe that the best way to start connecting is NASCAR - eg. sponsor a car. Another is country music - eg. rewrite a popular song to endorse a candidate and have it played regularly by a popular hillbilly band. A third is via other sports - eg. hand out pins with the school and the candidate's name at football games. A fourth suggestion is to get a leading sportsperson to get out the word (eg. at gun shows) that the candidate is not going to be taking away their guns (helps also if the candidate can shoot well).

Finally, Jarding and Saunders offer specifics on rebutting claims that Republicans are the party of family values and God (eg. abortion rates rose 25% under Bush), fiscal conservatism (enormous spending increases; letters from Harvard Business School professors and Nobel laureates in Economics criticizing Bush's "accomplishments," and national defense (serious blunders in setting Iraq troop levels, insufficient armor, trying to short-change veteran's benefits and reduce "combat pay).

Bottom-Line: "Foxes in the Henhouse" ought to boost the morale of any Democrat, and boost all their candidates.