Publisher: Doubleday (May 8, 2007)
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within the 2006 midterm elections, the Democratic celebration ended twelve years of electoral humiliation through seizing again Congress and placing an finish to Republican rule. The Thumpin’ is the tale of that ancient victory and the fellow on the heart on whom Democratic hopes hinged: Congressman Rahm Emanuel, head of the Democratic Congressional crusade Committee (DCCC). Chicago Tribune reporter Naftali Bendavid had particular entry to Emanuel and the DCCC within the 12 months and a part top as much as the elections and ended up with the tale of an entire life, the exciting blow-by-blow account of the way Emanuel remade the crusade in his personal ferocious photograph. liable for every little thing from handpicking Congressional applicants to elevating cash for assault advertisements, Emanuel, a skilled ballet dancer higher recognized in Washington for his outstanding depth and his inexhaustible torrents of profanity, threw out the playbook at the method Democrats run elections.Instead of rallying the bottom, Rahm sought moderate-to-conservative applicants who may well allure extra conventional electorate. rather than getting stuck within the Democrats’ unending arguments approximately their positions, he went at the assault, individually vilifying Republicans from Tom hold up to Christopher Shays. And rather than abiding via the gentlemen’s agreements of good-old-boy Washington, he broke them, attacking his counterpart within the Republican get together and demanding Howard Dean, the chairman of his personal get together. In 2005, nobody believed victory used to be in the Democrats’ seize. yet because the months handed, Republicans have been stuck in wave after wave of scandal, help for the conflict in Iraq gradually declined, and the president’s ballot numbers plummeted. And in Emanuel, the Democrats ultimately had a killer, a ruthless nearer like Karl Rove or Lee Atwater, poised to grab the virtue and carry what President Bush may name “a thumpin.’”Taking its cues from vintage political page-turners like Showdown at Gucci Gulch and documentaries just like the warfare Room, The Thumpin’ takes us contained in the key races and the nationwide strategy-making that moved the Democrats from forecasted profits of 3 seats in 2005 to a sweeping achieve of thirty seats while the votes have been eventually counted. via this masterful account of Rahm’s rout, Bendavid exhibits how the teachings the Democrats realized in 2006—to struggle for each vote, to desert litmus checks, and to take no prisoners—will be an important to the party’s destiny electoral luck, and form the political path the country will take up the twenty-first century.