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Entry from August 07, 2011
Thunder on the Left (Thunder on the Right)

Christopher Morley published the novel Thunder on the Left in 1925. The term “thunder on the left” has referred to Democrats since at least 1932. The term “thunder on the right” has referred to Republicans since at least 1933. “Thunder” means power or force.

Conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin’s opening introduction calls him the “thunder on the right.”


Wikipedia: Thunder on the Left
Thunder on the Left is a novel by Christopher Morley, originally published in 1925. In it, Morley looks at maturity, individual growth, and human nature. It was adapted as a play by Jean Ferguson Black in 1934.

20 October 1932, Hartford (CT) Courant, pg. D1:
Democratic Thunder On The Left
Serious Explosions Will Follow Roosevelt’s Election If He Disappoints His Present Radical Supporters, Says Sullivan

By Mark Sullivan

16 October 1933, Baltimore (MD) Sun, pg. 8:
Thunder on the Right
The name of James Wadsworth of New York is frequently mentioned when the future prospects and policies of the Republican party are discussed.

9 February 1936, New York (NY) Times, “Budget Issue,” pg. E1:
If Mr.Landon is going to supply the thunder on the Right, the administration wants to have fiscal matters in the best condition possible.

Time magazine
U.S. At War: Thunder on the Left
Monday, Jan. 01, 1945
(...)
So far the coalition was loosely formed. But it recognized two political facts of life: Franklin Roosevelt needed pressure from the left to stay “a little left of center”; and this was presumably the President’s last term in office.

OCLC WorldCat record
Tory heaven; or, Thunder on the right.
Author: Marghanita Laski
Publisher: London, Cresset Press, 1948.
Edition/Format:  Book : Fiction : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Joseph R. McCarthy : thunder on the right, 1950-1954
Author: Chelsea House Educational Communications.
Publisher: New York : Chelsea House Educational Communications, ©1970.
Series: History machine. 
Edition/Format:  Video : Videocassette Visual material : English
Summary: Portrays Senator McCarthy’s overnight fame and four-year career, and the evolution of McCarthyism. Includes J. Edgar Hoover’s 1947 appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee, the attacks on the motion picture industry, the demands for anti-Communist legislation, and the celebrated case of Alger Hiss and Whittaker Chambers.

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Thunder on the right : The Protestant fundamentalists.
Author: Gary K Clabaugh
Publisher: Chicago : Nelson-Hall, (1974).
Edition/Format:  Book : English

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Thunder on the right : the “new right” and the politics of resentment
Author: Alan Pell Crawford
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1980.
Edition/Format:  Book : English : 1st ed

Time magazine
Thunder on the Right
Monday, Dec. 03, 1984
Not the least of the Heritage Foundation’s appeal to President Reagan is that its analysts have mastered the scholarly equivalent of the famous memo style he requires of his own staff members: short, uncomplicated and easy to read.

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Thunder on the right : Jean Marie Le Pen, David Duke and Meir Kahane’s 1980’s right-wing extremist movements in France, the United States and Israel
Author: Rosemary Casey Toumbas
Publisher: 1992.
Dissertation: Thesis (M.S.)--Boston University, 1992.
Edition/Format:  Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript

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Thunder on the left : an insider’s report on the hijacking of the Democratic Party
Author: Gary Aldrich
Publisher: Fairfax, Va. : Patrick Henry Center, ©2003.
Edition/Format:  Book : English
Summary: An insider’s report on the hijacking of the Democratic Party.

OCLC WorldCat record
THUNDER ON THE LEFT: THE MAKING OF REDS - By the late 70s, Warren Beatty had proved himself box-office gold. It was his moment to get studio backing for something big—Something like a three-and-a-half-hour epic about the American Left and the Russian Revolution starring himself, Diane Keaton, and Jack Nicholson. Peter Biskind chronicles the tumultuous creation of one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed, and most improbable, successes.
Publisher: [New York : Vanity Fair Pub. Co., 1913-
Edition/Format:  Article : English
Publication: Vanity fair. (March 2006): 344
Database: ArticleFirst

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