How Karl Rove and the political right stole reality, beginning with the news
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Karl Rove funnelled an estimated one billion dollars from wealthy, anonymous donors to tip the American elections of 2012, just as he dominated elections in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2010. A Nation Seized maps how Rove sought to win, by quoting unpublished lectures Rove gave at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught "Politics and the Press" with the author. The book, for the first time, presents the Karl Rove playbook, in Rove’s own words.
For 2012, Rove’s strategy appeared to be even more potent. It combined with decades-long organizing by the American political Right, for which Rove was both a central coordinator and a leading beneficiary. The organizing began in the 1930s, then burst in the ‘70s-‘90s to produce hundreds of conservative institutions and media and thousands of political operatives, like Rove. Together, they not only brought Congress to a near-standstill; they seized the U.S. Supreme Court, the House of Representatives, and most state and local governments. They also appeared to reverse what and how Americans think.
A Nation Seized documents how these developments distorted American news and politics. It shows why debt limit debate has been at impasse, yet conservatives continue seeking to cut taxes for the rich, defund public education, and cut medical care for the poor, the infirm, and the elderly. The book demonstrates how the Right stopped journalism, and why Barack Obama faces sizable challenges in his second term, despite his re-election.
A Nation Seized charts how Rove and the Right transformed American politics and journalism, and why they will remain a force for the next generation.
Spokane, WA: Marquette Books, 2011
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