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The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats Are Closing the God Gap [Hardcover]

By Amy Sullivan (Author)
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2008
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
ISBN  0743297865  
EAN  9780743297868  

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As late as the 1960s, religion was a decidedly nonpartisan affair in the United States. In the past forty years, however, despite abundant evidence that Americans care about their candidates' personal faith, Democrats have beat a retreat in the competition for religious voters and the discussion of morality, effectively ceding religion to the Republicans. Elections show that voters have gotten the message: Democrats are on the wrong side of the God gap. With unprecedented access to politicians, campaign advisers, and religious leaders, Amy Sullivan skillfully traces the Democratic Party's fall from grace among religious voters, showing how the party lost its primacy -- and maybe its soul -- in the process. It's a story that begins with the party's ineffectual response to the rise of the religious right and culminates with John Kerry's defeat in the 2004 presidential election. Sullivan documents key turning points along the way, such as the party's alienation of Catholics on the abortion issue and its failure to emulate Bill Clinton's success at reaching religious voters. She demonstrates that there was nothing inevitable about the defection of values voters to the GOP and the emergence of the God gap: it was not just a Republican achievement but the Democrats' failure to embrace their own faith and engage religious Americans on social issues. Sullivan's story has a hopeful ending. She takes readers behind the scenes of the Democrats' recent religious turnaround. She offers insight into the ways Democrats have reoriented their campaigns to appeal to religious voters -- including their successes at framing the abortion issue in less-divisive terms and at finding common ground with evangelical leaders and communities. Timely, informative, and immensely thought-provoking, The Party Faithful is a tough and revealing analysis of the Democratic Party's relationship to religion and an essential primer for evaluating the outcome of the 2008 presidential election.

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Fantastic Read!  Feb 20, 2008
Amy Sullivan is one of the smartest commentators at the intersection of religion and politics, and for readers who already appreciate her analysis and wit, this book will live up to their expectations. And for those who have not yet encountered Sullivan's talent for keen observation and lucid prose, The Party Faithful will be a treat. Filled with insider stories and compelling commentary, The Party Faithful is must reading for anyone who wants to understand why Democrats have much more than a prayer in 2008. Conservatives and liberals alike will learn a great deal from Sullivan and her impressive volume, The Party Faithful.
The diversion of religion  Feb 16, 2008
Amy Sullivan's thoughtful but strange book with regard to where politics and religion stand, at least raises some questions about where certain elements of the population center themselves. Religion in America over the past generation has become a growing and often flawed element of public discussion, giving rise to the fact that there are many more important topics regarding human life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Religion in politics has always been "ginned up" and it surfaces in big ways at odd times in American history. Always passionate, it nonetheless doesn't move the country in substantive ways over a Congress-controlled agenda. Religion often runs out the clock without much significance, "Roe v. Wade", being the exception. I like much of "The Party Faithful", but after reading it, this sounds a lot like a book any one of us might have written in an earlier time. Author Sullivan, too, often neglects larger, generational trends in political life. America is always moving slightly to the left, notwithstanding the rush to embrace current conservative chic as education trumps ignorance and science trumps religion.

"The Party Faithful" at least holds its own but I wonder where that growing number of agnostics is going to land. Sullivan reminds us that the Catholic Church has marching orders for its own "flock" but for the rest of us, individual choices will probably rule the day. Religion may change some things from within but the American public will undoubtedly have the last say.


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