Kevin Phillips, renowned Nixon political analyst and prolific author, has sadly passed away at the age of 82.
Phillips is widely known for his career as a media consultant for Republican presidents such as Richard Nixon during the 1970s. His expertise in electoral geography provided an in-depth knowledge of the American electorate and its voting behaviors.
In addition to his involvement in political campaigns, Phillips was also an influential author, writing almost a dozen books including The Emerging Republican Majority, The Emerging Democratic Majority, and the 2000 book The Cousins’ Wars.
In the mid-1980s, Phillips began to deviate from the Republican Party agenda as he began to criticize the growing economic disparity between the wealthy and the middle class. In 2005 he published American Theocracy, which explored the rise of the religious right in American politics.
Phillips’ work has been highly influential in American politics and his writings have been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal—as well as academic sources such as The American Political Science Review.
His most recent book, The Politics of Rich and Poor, was his last published work, but not his final word. Phillips has gone on to leave behind a fascinating legacy of writing and political insight which will continue to shape and inform politics for years to come.
With the passing of Kevin Phillips, the United States has lost not only one of its most influential political writers, but also one of its foremost analysts of electoral geography. He will be dearly missed.