Despite President Bush’s promise to be a “uniter, not a divider,” one of the first acts of his administration was to send Vice President Cheney to the regular Wednesday lunch meetings of the Republican moderates to keep them in line on the divisive agenda. While others went along, Chafee stood his ground, challenging the administration on tax cuts, international agreements on global warming, and eventually the Iraq War. In this fascinating memoir, Chafee expresses disgust with an arrogant and polarizing Bush administration and a compliant Congress. He recounts the historic rightward shift of the Republican Party and his own rise from small-town mayor in Rhode Island to U.S. senator. He describes Bush as an insecure, deceitful man not up to the job of president. Although he had stood up against the president, Chafee laments “a parade of Democratic Bush enablers” who helped to defeat him in 2006. Even with his bruising experience in Congress, Chafee is hopeful that Americans will continue to gravitate toward the center. --Vanessa Bush
About the Author
LINCOLN CHAFEE served in the United States Senate as the Republican senator from Rhode Island from 1999 to 2007. Currently, he is working as a distinguished visiting fellow at Brown University, and he has been mentioned as a candidate for governor of Rhode Island in 2010. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three children.