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.
"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?
"Now that Dixie politicians and George W. Bush have remade the national GOP in their own image -- messianic adventurism in the Middle East, Texas-style corruption, bungled oil strategy, and fealty to radical religion -- the new Republican South is turning into a symbol of party parochialism and excess. Tom Schaller's Whistling Past Dixie is the best analysis to date of how the Democrats may be able to take advantage."