Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy

Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy

by David Daley


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The explosive account of how Republican legislators and political operatives fundamentally rigged our American democracy through redistricting.

With Barack Obama’s historic election in 2008, pundits proclaimed the Republicans as dead as the Whigs of yesteryear. Yet even as Democrats swooned, a small cadre of Republican operatives, including Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and Chris Jankowski began plotting their comeback with a simple yet ingenious plan. These men had devised a way to take a tradition of dirty tricks—known to political insiders as “ratf**king”—to a whole new, unprecedented level. Flooding state races with a gold rush of dark money made possible by Citizens United, the Republicans reshaped state legislatures, where the power to redistrict is held. Reconstructing this never- told-before story, David Daley examines the far-reaching effects of this so-called REDMAP program, which has radically altered America’s electoral map and created a firewall in the House, insulating the party and its wealthy donors from popular democracy. Ratf**ked pulls back the curtain on one of the greatest heists in American political history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631491627
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David Daley is the author of Ratf**ked. His journalism has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Slate, the Washington Post, and New York magazine. He is a senior fellow at FairVote, the former editor of Salon, and lives in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Mastermind: "It Will Take Years to Recover" 1

Chapter 2 Pennsylvania: "So This Wasn't a Personal Attack" 17

Chapter 3 North Carolina: Truly Space-Age Software 33

Chapter 4 Maptitude: "Donald Duck Kicking Goofy" 51

Chapter 5 Michigan: A Garbage Dump Is the Cherry on Top 61

Chapter 6 Ohio: "A Small Carve Out Down 77 in Canton" 83

Chapter 7 Democrats: "They Just Whistled Past the Graveyard" 98

Chapter 8 Florida: "Tampa Is Far from Perfect" 130

Chapter 9 Wisconsin: "They Put My District in a Woodchipper" 136

Chapter 10 Iowa: The Redistricting Unicorn 148

Chapter 11 Arizona: "You Can't Get Any More Partisan Than This" 160

Chapter 12 A Theorem to Detect Ratfucking 181

Coda 201

Notes 223

Acknowledgments 241

Index 247

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