RICKIPEDIA: David Daley - "Ratf**ked" - Rick Perlstein

Event Presenter/Author: 
David Daley and Rick Perlstein

Rick Perlstein in conversation with David Daley on RATF**KED: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count.

At the Co-op

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About the book: 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.

About the author: David Daley is the author of Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count (Norton). He is a senior fellow at FairVote and the former editor in chief of Salon.com. His work has also appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, New York magazine and many other publications. 

About the interlocutor: Rick Perlstein is the author of three books: Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of ReaganNixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, and Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637