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Whistling Past Dixie

How Democrats Can Win Without the South

Two generations ago Kevin Phillips challenged Republicans to envision a southern-based national majority. In Whistling Past Dixie, Tom Schaller issues an equally transformative challenge to Democrats: Build a winning coalition outside the South.

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Thomas F. Schaller is associate professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and coauthor of Devolution and Black State Legislators. A columnist for The Washington Examiner, Schaller has written for The American Prospect, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and The Washington Post, and has appeared on National Public Radio and C-SPAN television. He lives in Washington, DC.

"The best analysis to date of how the Democrats may be able to take advantage." - Kevin Phillips, author of The Emerging Republican Majority and American Theocracy

"Thank goodness for Whistling Past Dixie by Tom Schaller. His perceptive blueprint for de-Southernizing our politics couldn't come at a better time." - Thomas Frank, author of What's the Matter with Kansas?

"The one strategist who fundamentally predicted the new geography of partisan American politics is Tom Schaller, a University of Maryland political scientist whose book Whistling Past Dixie appeared several months before November's elections." - Harold Meyerson, The Washington Post

"Timely.... Schaller and his fellow advocates of a Rocky Mountain strategy are persuasive....There can be no denying that the demographic transformation has opened large parts of the West to political change." - E. J. Dionne, The American Prospect

"Schaller's...overall argument stands up pretty well after the 2006 elections. The Democrats gained less in the South than elsewhere last fall, and where they did gain it was usually in border states, via notably conservative candidates who did not win by much." - Nicholas Lemann, The New Republic