The Two Americas Our Current Political Deadlock and How to Break It

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-01-08
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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The 2000 presidential left the world standing still, but it was no fluke. America is divided right down the middle - the product of a half-century, unique in our country's history, of inconclusive, increasingly heated partisan battle. Tantalizingly close to victory, each party inflames and mobilizes its most loyal supporters and battles to gain even a small edge with some contested groups. Politics has become culture war - a fight about values, faith, the family, how people should live their lives. The result: partisans are more partisan, politics more polarized, America more divided. The Two Americas: Our Current Political Deadlock and How to Break Ittells the history of each party's failed efforts to dominate the era's politics and ideas, radically changing the political landscape. The book provides an in-depth guide to the new groups at the center of our politics. Internationally renowned political strategist and pollster Stanley Greenberg puts the reader in the room with the strategists and politicians and shows how each party can win, even shatter the impasse. The Two Americasis a political primer and strategic playbook for this unique era - essential reading for any armchair political strategist or engaged citizen eager to understand our future politics.

Author Biography

Stanley B. Greenberg is CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

Table of Contents

The Politics of Parityp. 1
Toward Hegemonyp. 7
Half Century Untamed: 1952-2002p. 33
The Opportunity Democrats: Redefined by Racep. 39
The Reagan Revolutionaries: Reduced to Culture Warp. 49
The Reformed Opportunity Democrats: The Lost Middlep. 67
The Loyalistsp. 91
The World of Republican Partisansp. 95
The World of Democratic Partisansp. 117
Contested Americap. 137
Three Contested Communitiesp. 139
The Contested Political Worldp. 161
Breaking the Deadlock: The Republicansp. 193
Step One: Winning in Our Americap. 195
Step Two: Reagan's Americap. 218
Breaking the Deadlock: The Democratsp. 241
The "Election Project"p. 247
Toward a Bold Politics: The JFK Democratsp. 274
Afterwordp. 311
Appendixesp. 319
Notesp. 349
Indexp. 387
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