In Voting to Kill, author Jim Geraghty offers a comprehensive look at why recent elections have given the Republican Party its greatest political success since the 1920s. Despite a lot of talk about values, problems within the GOP, "red state culture," and the slow but vital progress in Iraq, the biggest difference between the two parties remains the subject of safety. As the Democrats continue to project an image of confusion and pacifism, even in the face of increasingly vicious terrorist activity in the Middle East, more Americans trust the GOP to be ruthless in killing terrorists. From "security moms" to neo-Jacksonian bloggers, people across the country are confronting the post-9/11 era with white-knuckle anger and relentless determination. Voting to Kill captures this zeitgeist, showing why terrorism was the defining issue in 2002 and 2004, and will be in 2006 and 2008, as Republicans rev up instinctively hawkish Americans to vote and campaign as if their lives depend on it.
Jim Geraghty made blogger history during his coverage of the Kerry campaign in 2004, earning praise from The Times (London) for his "killer insight." He now works in Turkey as a foreign correspondent for National Review, The New York Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Washington Times.
"Jim Geraghty provides a thoughtful, analytical, and highly readable look at the watershed effect of September 11, 2001, on American politics. His political insights challenge all of us to better understand the sinister nature of the military threat facing our country."
-- Mitt Romney, governor of Massachusetts
"Jim Geraghty makes a cogent argument as to why national security has played, and will play, a stronger role in American politics than the daily news cycle might suggest. It's must reading for anyone interested in the future of both parties."
-- Glenn Reynolds, instapundit.com
"You want to know why the GOP has won big in 2002 and 2004? Read this book. You want to know why the public does not trust the Democratic Party to protect America? Read this book. This book is for everyone whose worldview changed on 9/11. After you read it, show it to people who have NOT accepted the post-9/11 reality we all face. This book might just open their eyes."