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In this incisive and timely essay compilation, Blumenthal, a former adviser to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, charts the fatal radicalization of the Republican Party, its imminent "great unraveling" and the consequences for the 2008 election. Blumenthal argues that the presidency of George W. Bush heralds the decline of the Republican Party after 30 years of political dominance, moderating his otherwise passionate indictment of the GOP by acknowledging that power ebbs and flows between the two parties over time. He likens the current shift to the implosion of the Johnson presidency and subsequent weakening of the Democratic Party, saying, "Vietnam ended a Democratic era as definitively as Iraq is closing a Republican one." The consummate Washington insider, Blumenthal has a host of high-ranking (albeit often anonymous) sources, and surprising portraits of power pepper the book: of Bush as "a classic insecure authoritarian" given to imposing "humiliating tests of obedience" on his staff (such as locking Colin Powell out of a cabinet meeting for being late), Laura Bush as deeply disdainful of Rove (allegedly dubbing him "Pigpen"), former Majority Leader Tom DeLay as the "Republican Stalin, the ruthless consolidator and centralizer." Authoritative, meticulously researched, these previously published pieces evade many of the clichés that ensnare partisan political writing and is instead a livelyif deeply soberingpanorama of political life during the Bush presidency. --Publisher's Weekly (Apr. 1)
The Death of Republican America can not come soon enough. The sooner it is gone the better off America will be. Great book.Published on April 25, 2008 by Thomas C. Moore
I haven't read the book, so this will have to be a John Swift style effort. Contrast this book with one called "The Strange Death of Liberal America". Read morePublished on April 17, 2008 by Jack London
A book written by a career Democrat who predicts the demise of Republicans who try to appease and negotiate with the liberal left. Read morePublished on April 2, 2008 by William Kalal