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eBook The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents download ISBN: 0312581777
Author: Linda Killian
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 17, 2012)
Language: English
Pages: 336
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Category: Political
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She is absolutely right. And her book-which makes the case that you and I have much more power than we know-is an important and timely read.

Linda Killian helps us understand who the swing voters who decide elections are and what they are looking for. Killian's analysis provides a valuable guide on harnessing their collective energy into a new way of thinking about politics. -Eleanor Clift, contributor Newsweek and Daily Beast. She is absolutely right. 9 people found this helpful.

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Every year their numbers grow, as does the unconscionable disconnect between them and the officials who are supposed to represent them. The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents tells the story of how our polarized political system is not only misrepresenting America but failing it.

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Printed in the United States of America. For information, address St. Martins Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, . The swing vote : the untapped power of independents, Linda Killian. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. The Republican Party moved past me to some new place I didnt understand or agree with. In 2000, Squires ran for governor but lost the Republican nomination to a much more conservative candidate who was defeated in the general election.

Linda Killian is a Washington journalist and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. pped Power of Independents

Linda Killian is a Washington journalist and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. pped Power of Independents. She is a columnist and national political writer for The Atlantic, Newsweek/The Daily Beast and has also written for Politico, Politics Daily and . News & World Report.

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Killian focuses on four key swing states and demographic groups that she predicts could determine the outcome of the .

Killian focuses on four key swing states and demographic groups that she predicts could determine the outcome of the 2012 election. She paints a vivid portrait of the swing voters around the country and presents a new model that reveals who they are and what they want from their government and elected officials. She also offers a way forward, including solutions for fixing our broken political system. Author and Journalist.

As our country’s politicians engage in bitter partisan battles, focused on protecting their own jobs but not on doing the nation’s business, and political pundits shout louder and shriller to improve their ratings, it’s no wonder that Americans have little faith in their government. But is America as divided as the politicians and talking heads would have us  believe? Do half of Americans stand on the right and the other half on the left with a no-man’s-land between them?Hardly. Forty percent of all American voters are Independents who occupy the ample political and ideological space in the center. These Americans are anything but divided, and they’re being ignored. These Independents make up the largest voting bloc in the nation and have determined the outcome of every election since World War II. Every year their numbers grow, as does the unconscionable disconnect between them and the officials who are supposed to represent them.The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents tells the story of how our polarized political system is not only misrepresenting America but failing it. Linda Killian looks beyond the polls and the headlines and talks with the frustrated citizens who are raising the alarm about the acute bi-polarity, special interest-influence, and gridlock in Congress, asking why Obama’s postpartisan presidency is anything but, and demanding realism, honest negotiation, and a sense of responsibility from their elected officials.Killian paints a vivid portrait of the swing voters around the country and presents a new model that reveals who they are and what they want from their government and elected officials. She also offers a way forward, including solutions for fixing our broken political system. This is not only a timely shot across the bows of both parties but an impassioned call to Independents to bring America back into balance.

Comments: (7)
Shem
"The Swing Vote" has aided me in understanding American political history since the mid-90's. Full of detail on the upper echelons of our debatably democratic society, this book tries to show a middle way between our polarized political process. Despite the author's initial contentions on what an independent believes, there is much information the casual reader would find useful. The analysis is right on target about the dysfunction that has hit our legislative branches, and the resultant deadlock in our government. Several states are featured in their problems with the democratic process, using quotes by important personages distributed throughout the book. A good coverage of today's politics for an open mind-- the only 'out' group by the author is the extreme right-- while she attempts to synthesize a solution to America's stall. As a long-term independent and perceived "moderate" my entire perspective isn't represented here, but it's an attempt to profile the growing electorate that thinks our democratic system has failed. Informative. [Add. note: I was drawn to read the book by the author's appearance on the 'Wilson Forum'. She seemed knowledgable on the subject of D.C politics and politicians in general. Though I disagree with her opinions gleaned from focus groups as a representive sample, her definition of the problem is solid.]
Dalallador
This book is a must read if you have any political interests. The subject seem to be covered very well. I does seem to be balanced but I am in the middle any ways. I have recomended this book to may people.
Asher
If you follow any contact sport--football, basketball, or ice hockey, for example--you'll know that the key to success is holding the center. On offense, the center opens up scoring opportunities; on defense it prevents the other side from reaching its goals. Even a decidedly non-contact sport like chess emphasizes controlling the middle, the center, the place from which strategy develops and victory comes.

Politics seems like a full-on contact sport these days, and, as Linda Killian points out in her excellent new book, The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents, the center is where all the action is. Yet somehow the center--the 40% of the body politic that claims to be moderate and/or independent--has been manipulated out of its political power, it's political voice. Through carefully crafted two-party machinations that have compounded over many years, many centrists are relegated to the sidelines when it comes to the important process of selecting party candidates or--as importantly--mounting opposition to the two-party status quo.

"If a minority group were getting shut out of full participation in the political process," Killian writes, "there would be a huge outcry. But Independent voters are far from a minority group. There are more of them that either Democrats or Republicans."

Beginning with a taxonomy of sorts, Killian takes us through the personal journeys of several moderates and independents in four parts of the country: New Hampshire, where live the NPR Republicans; Colorado, home of the Facebook Generation; Virginia, residence for the Starbucks Moms and Dads; and Ohio, home of the America First Democrats. All these, she says, are the middle, the center, the moderates, people who vote candidates and issues rather than party, who are most disgusted with our nation's rampant polarization, and who have almost no voice at all anymore.

In describing both average citizens and moderate politicians in these four swing states, Killian makes a strong case for fighting back against a system that limits (and, in some cases, completely disenfranchises) these voters when it counts most--during primaries. Her analysis--cogent and tight--becomes frightening when you realize how many millions and millions of independent voters would exercise their voices if only they could. Exacerbating that reaction is the knowledge that more and more moderates are either being forced out of office by primary challenges from extremists, or are choosing to leave politics because of the increasing dysfunction resulting from polarization. (Of note is the fact that one of the moderates Killian lauds, Olympia Snowe, has in fact chosen to resign for just this latter reason, a decision made after the release of Killian's book.)

Once Killian has covered the descriptive bases, she launches into an examination of very important questions and issues, trying to understand how the polarization impacts our country (and our day-to-day lives) and also how we, the moderate middle, can turn up the volume on our voices and concerns. She suggests active participation--and not just at election time--through organizations like CoffeePartyUSA and NoLabels, two of several groups that share the mission of empowering the moderate voices in our country. She also provides a "battle cry" for change, focusing on what each of us can do to make an impact.

"Voting is not enough," she writes. "Concerned citizens must get involved in civic life."

She is absolutely right. And her book--which makes the case that you and I have much more power than we know--is an important and timely read.
SupperDom
stopped reading the book 1/3 through, then donated the book to Goodwill, and I usually LOVE political science books. ( My major in college) Killian is part of the "can't we all just get along?" school of modern jouralistic thinking, of which she is typical: knows little about American political history and attempts to be "neutral" to the point of delivering pap instead of reality. Unlike Killian, reputable political scientists would point out that :
1. on guns, taxes, abortion, the environment, unions, race and voter rights, the country has shifted dramatically RIGHT over the last 30 years.

2. The independent voter is largely a MYTH. Several FACTS have been ascertained by political scientists about "independent" voters over the last 30 years:
a. most of them are actually "closet" partisans, who love to maintain their Marlboro Man image, but actually vote very consistently for one party or the other.
b. the closer one gets to a true "scatter gun" voter who votes back and forth, the more one finds an uneducated, " fact challenged" voter, not the highly moral, brilliant voter the media has portrayed.

3. Like I said, the author needs to take a political science course. The remarkably intransigent and openly obstructionist strategy of the Republicans in Washington since Obama's election has been described as "asymetrical polarization", a term she has apparenty never heard, but should have. There is no "gridlock" in Washington: there is a Democratic party that has moved very very much to the middle, and a Republican party that has gone off the edge of the earth to the right.

In short, Killian is a dilettante.
Forey
Mmm.. not that great of a book. Theres a lack of complexity.