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How to Win Everywhere Warning: this is the book the Democrats don¹t want you to read.

Painting the Map Red is the insider¹s blueprint for achieving a permanent Republican majority.

Bestselling author, political strategist, and nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt shows you how conservatives can take down the Democrats, expose their liberal extremism, and reignite the Reagan Revolution.

Calling on his own extensive experience‹and on the savvy political minds of Mark Steyn, Fred Barnes, Michael Barone, and others in exclusive interviews‹Hewitt reveals: € The Five Key Messages and Four Crucial Steps to a permanent Republican majority € How big is too big? Which senator deserves to get pushed out of the Republican big tent € The next generation of liberal Democrats‹if you thought Ted Kennedy was bad, wait till you see the party of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Howard Dean € How extremist groups‹especially on the Internet‹are driving the Democrats¹ agenda € Why the Democrats¹ assault on religion is just ramping up € How Republicans can retake the courts and end Democrat obstruction € How the Democrats¹ alliance with liberal mainstream media can be turned against them both € Where we go from here: coming up with the right candidate after Bush

In politics, as in war, it pays to play offense, and Hugh Hewitt knows how the GOP can fight and win‹coast to coast.

Want another Reagan Revolution? Here¹s how. It¹s time to finish Painting the Map Red.

About the Author

Hugh Hewitt is the host of a nationally syndicated radio show heard in more than seventy cities nationwide. He is also a professor of law at Chapman University Law School, where he teaches constitutional law. A former aide to Richard Nixon and a Reagan administration appointee, he is the author of six books, including Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That¹s Changing Your World and the New York Times bestseller If It¹s Not Close, They Can¹t Cheat. Hewitt has won three Emmys during his decade of work as co-host of the PBS Los Angeles affiliate KCET¹s nightly news and public affairs show Life & Times. He is a weekly columnist for the online edition of the Weekly Standard. You can read more from Hugh on his blog at

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; English Language edition (March 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895260026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895260024
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Hugh Hewitt is a conservative radio host who wants to see the GOP get to sixty senators in order to prevent the democrats from being able to stop the conservative agenda even as much as it has (some would say that it hasn't stopped the Republicans at all, but they wouldn't be conservatives). This book is his take on what the GOP needs to do in the present election cycle (looking forward also to the 2008 Presidential cycle) in order to make this happen. And when I say sixty senators, I am not counting the kinds of Republicans who tend to be social liberals (think Lincoln Chafee); Hewitt has no use for them whatsoever.

Being a staunch conservative, he sees the liberal agenda as something not only bad for America, but actually dangerous. If he could get the Democrats down to a stub party, he would be happy. However, I would caution that such a success might lead to something the conservatives might not intend. The American two-party system is really based around the idea of 51-49 political divides. The major parties are actually not continuing repositories of beliefs. They adapt over time to whatever will get them a majority. This is why the parties look quite similar to those on the extremes. The abortion debate has been great fodder for both sides because it locks in the extreme wings and allows them to jockey for moderates. If the Republicans actually did conquer the Democrats once and for all, it would not lead to one party rule. It would almost certainly lead to a split within the GOP and lead to the formation of a second major party from that breakup. It has happened before and our country, but hasn't happened in a long time because the parties are so adept at shifting with the political winds.

That aside, what strategy does the author of this book lay out?
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94 of 113 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Brown on March 23, 2006
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A proud "man of the [Republican] party," Hugh Hewitt has come out with another book aimed at energizing and directing Republican grass-root members and leaders towards increasing their Senate majority in the next two elections and retaining the Presidency in 2008. This book is intended to provide a limited and compelling agenda for reelection and governing, with 5 issues/talking points calculated to clearly delineate the consequences of the choice between Republican and Democratic Party rule.

Hewitt devotes a chapter to each talking point supported by source material interspersed with commentary. If you do not think of this as a resource book, the number of lengthy excepts in the body of the text may be offputting. Take it for what it is and the format makes sense.

Hewitt continues to be very clear on the need for pragmatism as well as principle, indeed he argues for pragmatism in the service of principle. As in his past writings, he argues for political maturity in achieving and retaining a governing majority by allowing significant dissent, NO LITMUS TESTS, even on immigration and abortion. He names one politician as an exception that proves the rule: Lincoln Chafee.

Hewitt specifies four crucial votes, that tie to his 5 point agenda and his concern for building and maintaining a governing majority, on which Senator Chafee voted against the President and the Senate Republican Party. I confirmed Hewitt's factual claims by going to the Senate Voting Record, the Providence Journal, and the Americans for Democratic Action websites. Hewitt argues that it is necessary to defeat Chafee, even if that means Republicans voting for a Democratic senator in the general election.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By jgerg on February 6, 2008
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At first I thought this book was intended seriously. If that were the case, then Mr. Hewitt would have to qualify as one of the most misguided and misinformed knuckleheads to ever drop from the bowels of the right-wing hackocracy. That was when I realized that no book could ever be this wrong. It must be a joke. Hugh Hewitt, in true Swiftian style, is showing what it would look like for an "author" to play the role of lickspittle, tongue-bathing his overlords in the Bush Administration and the Heritage Foundation. Hilarious. It is fascinating seeing a truly subversive satirist revelling in the role of partisan lackey, spewing talking points with bravado, all the while keeping tongue firmly planted in cheek. I highly recommend this book. It truly turns its alleged "premise" on its head and does so in a wonderfully understated way. Very rarely does he give that knowing wink showing the reader he knows what a fraud he seems to be. Great.
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37 of 51 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Cox on March 29, 2006
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Hugh nails it! I don't know if the Republican congress can overcome their fear of negative reports in the main stream media for long enough to adopt this plan, however, This is the right plan to stop the devolution of our society back to old Europe. Well Done, A+!

Recommend that some other reviewers read the book prior to making their partisan and biased reviews which don't actually discuss this book at all. Even if you disagree with the stated goal, the political strategy is noteworthy.
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45 of 69 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on March 19, 2006
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Hugh Hewitt ia a radio talk show host (arch-conservative of course) and a keen observer of politics. In this book he is laying out a plan for the Republicans to conquer the Senate in the next elections. He wants at least 66 Republicans so that even the threat of filibuster and to guarantee things like the next Supreme Court nomination.

A lot of the book is his own analysis, but as a talk show host he invites other conservatives and political activists to come on the show with him. Mr. Hewitt believes that it is possible for the Republicans to score major victories. Most of his guests and conventional political wisdom says otherwise. The in power party almost always loses power in the off year elections.

Of course there's the little question of what are the Democrats going to do. If they go so far to the left that they offend the middle of the road too much, what Mr. Hewitt says may be correct. If they want ot win badly enough that they can move to the middle, they will pick up votes.

Mr. Hewitt is so conservative that he even wants to kick Sen. Lincoln Chafee out of the Republican party. He bases this on Mr. Chafee's views on abortion, gay marriage, the deficit, tax cuts, the environment and the war in Iraq. These are certainly issues of concern to a lot of us. But Mr. Hewitt's view is so far right that I think he is missing the mainstream of the country. And if he's serious about getting the number of Republicans up, kicking people out of the party seems to be going the wrong way.

Abortion for instance. The arch conservatives would like to rule it out completely. And they can certainly find polls that say Americans would like to see the number of abortions reduced. From this the conservatives say that the country is against abortion.
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