Rule and Ruin The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party
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Description: 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.
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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2013
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
|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|
|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|
|Moderate Republican Decline from Nixon to Ford to Reagan, 1971-80|
|Slouching Toward Bethlehem|
|The Collapse of the Moderate Republicans, 1980-2010|