From Publishers Weekly
Make no mistake: author Gold, a former speechwriter for George H.W. Bush and aide to Barry Goldwater, is one disgusted Republican. The GOP of the 2006 midterm election, he writes, is "a party of pork-barrel ear-markers like Dennis Hastert, of political hatchet men like Karl Rove, and of Bible-thumping hypocrites like Tom Delay." Gold looks to Goldwater, "a straight-talking, freethinking maverick," as the yardstick by which to measure just how far the party of Lincoln has fallen. He traces the beginning of the end to the 1980 Republican National Convention and the presence of "a militant new element...personified by Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell." The other half of the equation, the neoconservatives, are embodied by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, "two cuts from the same Machiavellian cloth." In efficient prose, Gold scrutinizes a significant swath of recent GOP history, in particular Newt Gingrich's 104th Congress and the Bush II White House, without losing momentum. He also has choice words for "the Coulterization of Republican rhetoric," the revolving door between Capitol Hill and K Street, and "sideshow" legislation like the Flag Protection Amendment. Gold sees a promising future for the Republican Party, but not until they lose some major elections and are able to keep down a slice of humble pie; for those disillusioned with the state of the GOP, this quick, uncompromising polemic provides substantial support, along with a large dose of cold comfort.
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From the Inside Flap
Victor Gold wants his party back.
Gold is the former press aide to Barry Goldwater, the founder of the conservative movement, as well as the former speechwriter and senior advisor for George H. W. Bush. And he is incensed that the Neo-Cons and their strange bedfellows, the Evangelical Right, have stolen his party and betrayed the ideals of the conservative cause. Now heís fighting back.
After four decades as a Republican insider, Gold is ready to tell all about the war being waged for the soul of the GOP, including the elder Bushís opinion of his sonís work domestically and abroad, the significance of the newly elected Congress, and how Goldwater would have reacted to it all.
In this critique of the Bush administration, Gold reveals, among other explosive disclosures, how George W. has been used and manipulated by the vice president. His detailing of the presidentís puppet-like role amongst Neo- and Theo-Conservatives is utterly chilling.
?Victor Gold served as deputy press secretary to Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential campaign, press secretary to Vice President Spiro Agnew from 1970 to 1974, and speechwriter and senior advisor to George H. W. Bush in the 1980s. He is a personal friend of the Bush family and many other prominent politicians. He collaborated with George H. W. on his autobiography Looking Forward, coauthored a work of satirical fiction, The Body Politic, with Lynne Cheney, and is a national correspondent for Washingtonian magazine. He lives with his wife Dale and two contrarian conservative cats in Fairfax, Virginia.