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Geraghty, Jim

Geraghty, Jim

PERSONAL:

Male.

ADDRESSES:

Home—Turkey. Office—National Review, 215 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Writer and reporter.

WRITINGS:

Voting to Kill: How 9/11 Launched the Era of Republican Leadership, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2006.

Contributor to National Review and National Review Online. Author of the blog The Hillary Spot (formerly The Kerry Spot or TKS).

SIDELIGHTS:

Journalist Jim Geraghty created The Kerry Spot blog in anticipation of the 2004 elections, covering all aspects of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's campaign. One of a number of blogs featured at the National Review Online, the site that became known as TKS was renamed The Hillary Spot in 2006 to reflect the presidential bid of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The blog's guide describes it as dedicated to "in-depth, all-hours, obsessive-compulsive coverage of the 2008 Democratic presidential contenders." Geraghty relied on his knowledge of recent election campaigns from both a domestic and international perspective (he relocated to Turkey in 2005) in writing his first book, Voting to Kill: How 9/11 Launched the Era of Republican Leadership. Geraghty maintains that the events surrounding the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York figured prominently in Republicans gaining a considerable foothold in the political arena, a process aided by the 2002 and 2004 elections. One reason for this, Geraghty posits, is that the Republican Party has projected a tough stance on terrorism. Booklist critic Vanessa Bush described the book as "insightful" and a "comprehensive look at terrorism and American politics." In the National Review, Scott W. Johnson wrote that Voting to Kill is "by turns good-humored, optimistic, and shrewd."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Booklist, August 1, 2006, Vanessa Bush, review of Voting to Kill: How 9/11 Launched the Era of Republican Leadership, p. 15.

National Review, October 9, 2006, Scott W. Johnson, "Still a Majority?," review of Voting to Kill, p. 64.

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