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Spoiled Rotten : How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic
by Jay Cost


Overview - A popular columnist for The Weekly Standard , conservative journalist Jay Cost now offers a lively, candid, diligently researched revisionist history of the Democratic Party. In Spoiled Rotten , Cost reveals that the national political organization, first formed by Andrew Jackson in 1824, that has always prided itself as the party of the poor, the working class, the little guy is anything but that rather, it s a corrupt tool of special interest groups that feed off of the federal government.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A popular columnist for The Weekly Standard, conservative journalist Jay Cost now offers a lively, candid, diligently researched revisionist history of the Democratic Party. In Spoiled Rotten, Cost reveals that the national political organization, first formed by Andrew Jackson in 1824, that has always prided itself as the party of the poor, the working class, the little guy is anything but that rather, it s a corrupt tool of special interest groups that feed off of the federal government. A remarkable book that belongs on every politically aware American s bookshelf next to Jonah Goldberg s Liberal Fascism and The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes, Spoiled Rotten exposes the Democratic Party as a modern-day national Tammany Hall and indisputably demonstrates why it can no longer be trusted with the power of government.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062041159
  • ISBN-10: 0062041150
  • Publisher: Broadside Books
  • Publish Date: May 2012
  • Page Count: 355


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Books > Political Science > Political Process - Political Parties
Books > Political Science > American Government - National
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-02-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

According to conservative Weekly Standard columnist Cost, clientelism is “the exchange of votes for governmental favors between a faction and a party,” and Democrats have signed on so many hungry mouths that demands for “gimme” have overwhelmed the public interest. In this revisionist history, Cost convincingly argues that, in striving to revive the national economy, FDR’s administration created a “Tammany on the Potomac,” which attracted elements of the ruling coalition to “the private benefits they enjoyed from the party’s benevolent protections.” Ironically, Cost says, although Andrew Jackson founded the Democratic Party in 1828 in reaction to rampant government corruption, modern Democrats evoke nothing so much as the venal Republicans of the Gilded Age, and they are “no longer capable of governing for the public good.” Cost suggests that the party has “become a threat to the American republic itself.” The book raises timely concerns in an election year. Agent: Byrd Leavell, Waxman Literary Agency. (May)

 
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