Rule and Ruin The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party

ISBN-10: 0199975515
ISBN-13: 9780199975518
Edition: 2013
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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

As the 2012 elections approach, the Republican Party is rocketing rightward away from the center of public opinion. Republicans in Congress threaten to shut down the government and force a U.S. debt default. Tea Party activists mount primary challenges against Republican officeholders who appear to exhibit too much pragmatism or independence. Moderation and compromise are dirty words in the Republican presidential debates. The GOP, it seems, has suddenly become a party of ideological purity.Except this development is not new at all. In Rule and Ruin, Geoffrey Kabaservice reveals that the moderate Republicans' downfall began not with the rise of the Tea Party but about the time of President Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address. Even in the 1960s, when left-wing radicalism and right-wing backlash commanded headlines, Republican moderates and progressives formed a powerful movement, supporting pro-civil rights politicians like Nelson Rockefeller and William Scranton, battling big-government liberals and conservative extremists alike. But the Republican civil war ended with the overthrow of the moderate ideas, heroes, and causes that had comprised the core of the GOP since its formation. In hindsight, it is today's conservatives who are "Republicans in Name Only."Writing with passionate sympathy for a bygone tradition of moderation, Kabaservice recaptures a time when fiscal restraint was matched with social engagement; when a cohort of leading Republicans opposed the Vietnam war; when George Romney--father of Mitt Romney--conducted a nationwide tour of American poverty, from Appalachia to Watts, calling on society to "listen to the voices from the ghetto." Rule and Ruin is an epic, deeply researched history that reorients our understanding of our political past and present.Today, moderates are marginalized in the GOP and progressives are all but nonexistent. In this insightful and elegantly argued book, Kabaservice contends that their decline has left Republicans less capable of governing responsibly, with dire consequences for all Americans.

Acknowledgments
Preface
The Widening Gyre
The Republican Party at the 1960 Convention
Things Fall Apart
Advance Magazine and the Decay of the Moderate Establishment, 1961-63
The Center Cannot Hold
The Republican Primaries of 1964
The Blood-Dimmed Tide is Loosed
The GOP and the Goldwater Campaign, 1964
The Ceremony of Innocence is Drowned
Moderates Attempt to Regain Control of the GOP, 1965
Full of Passionate Intensity
From Rat Finks to Reagan, 1966
The Best Lack All Conviction
Moderations Zenith and George Romney Rise and Fall, 1967
Mere Anarchy
Moderate Half-Victories and the Agonies of 1968
Some Revelation is at Hand
Richard Nixon's First Year in Office, 1969
The Rough Beast
Nixon and the Breakup of the Moderate Republican Movement, 1970
Darkness Drops
Moderate Republican Decline from Nixon to Ford to Reagan, 1971-80
Slouching Toward Bethlehem
The Collapse of the Moderate Republicans, 1980-2010
Conclusion
Afterword
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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