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If it's not close, they can't cheat : crushing the Democrats in every election and why your life depends upon it
Hewitt, Hugh, 1956-
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Nashville : Thomas Nelson Publishers, [2004]

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xi, 259 pages ; 24 cm
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If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat is a tremendous opportunity to effect change on a local, national, and even global level. And Hugh Hewitt, with the urgent clarity that is quickly making his one of the fastest-growing radio talk shows in America, helps illuminate the way. Hewitt lays out with candor the issues that even now are defining our times and our future, revealing: The core beliefs that distinguish both the Democratic and Republican parties ... and their critical differences on the issue of national defense; A surprising overview of how the Democratic party came to be addicted to election trickery; Your guide to the new era of political activism ... and how technology in a post-9/11 world is changing the rules; Insights into George Bush's remarkable leadership during the war on terror (and why you'll never see such a response from Democrats); Effective strategies for interpreting and responding to media spin. (Yes, it is overwhelmingly left wing. Live with it.). With this eye-opening treatise, Hewitt writes that his aim is to "do more than preach to the choir -- or even the choir plus the undecideds. It is to change the behavior of the choir -- one reader at a time." Book jacket.

Author Notes

Hugh Hewitt is an author, educator, broadcaster, and attorney who graduated from Harvard University and the University of Michigan Law School. Hewitt has served as counsel in the White House and for the state of California. He is a partner in the law firm Hewitt & McGuire and a professor at Chapman University School of Law. He was also appointed to a four-year term on the California Arts Council.

Hewitt is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register. He appears as a commentator on such TV shows as Nightline, the Today Show, and Larry King Live. He hosted the PBS series Searching for God, modeled after his book by the same name. Hewitt was awarded an Emmy in 1995 for co-hosting the show Life and Time.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Part I The Stakes
1. "I Don't Like Your Because You're Going to Get Me Killed"p. 2
2. The Six-Party Systemp. 7
3. The National Security Collapse of the Democratic Partyp. 14
4. Remembering Howard Deanp. 25
5. Understanding John Kerryp. 29
6. George W. Bush and the Warp. 37
7. Allies, Opponents, and Enemiesp. 50
Part II A Brief History of Democratic Cheating
8. The Reputationp. 54
9. The Legacy of the Machinesp. 57
10. Democrats and Close Elections: Whatever It Takesp. 60
Part III Parties
11. Parties Matter a Lotp. 68
12. Parties Can't Govern Without Majorities or Pluralities of Seatsp. 71
13. Regulars, Occasionals, Principled Pragmatists, Movement Activists, and Fanatics: The Five Orders of Political Partisansp. 79
14. Majorities Require the Votes of Some Not-Very-Bright Peoplep. 84
15. People Change Their Party Affiliations Slowly and Are Embarrassed to Do Sop. 90
16. People Like to Win (and Hate to Hear They Won't)p. 98
17. Transitional Voters Don't Like Movement Activists or Fanaticsp. 101
18. Party Regulars Don't Like Movement Activists and Fanatics, and Movement Activists and Fanatics Need the Regularsp. 106
19. There Aren't Enough Targets That You Have to Shoot at Your Friends?p. 111
Part IV Money
20. Givep. 118
21. Give Until It Hurtsp. 125
22. Give Some Morep. 134
23. Celebrate Junk Mailp. 137
24. Opening Your Homep. 140
25. The 527 Threatp. 142
26. Don't Expect to Be Thankedp. 149
Part V Message Delivery
27. Know Your Stuff: The Key Factsp. 152
28. The Media Tilt Way Left, So Live with Itp. 155
29. Controlling the Information Flow, Part 1: The Rise of the New Mediap. 159
30. Controlling the Information Flow, Part 2: The Use of Talk Radiop. 163
31. Controlling the Information Flow, Part 3: The Letters Pagep. 169
32. Controlling the Information Flow, Part 4: Using the Blogospherep. 171
33. Winning Convertsp. 178
34. Support the People Who Support Your Politicsp. 181
35. Subscribe to the Magazines That Usually Support the GOPp. 184
Part VI "Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!"
36. Abortion, Guns, and the Environmentp. 188
37. The Edge of the Knife: Immigration, Judges, Gays, and Godp. 195
38. A Majority That Enduresp. 206
Part VII Tone and Focus
39. Perfect Pitchp. 212
40. The Stakesp. 216
Appendix A President Bush's Remarks at National Day of Prayer and Remembrancep. 221
Appendix B President Bush's Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American Peoplep. 224
Appendix C President Bush's State of the Union Addressp. 231
Appendix D President Bush's Commencement Speech at West Pointp. 240
Appendix E President Bush's Remarks to United Nations General Assemblyp. 246
Appendix F The Crucial Campaigns of 2004 on the Webp. 252
Appendix G Political News from the Webp. 253
Appendix H A Beginner's Guide to the Blogsp. 254
Appendix I The Ten Key Talking Points for 2004p. 255
Acknowledgmentsp. 257
About the Authorp. 259