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Painting the Map Red: The Fight to Create a Permanent Republican Majority Hardcover – March 27, 2006
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From the Inside Flap
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 experienceand on the savvy political minds of Mark Steyn, Fred Barnes, Michael Barone, and others in exclusive interviewsHewitt 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 Democratsif you thought Ted Kennedy was bad, wait till you see the party of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Howard Dean How extremist groupsespecially on the Internetare 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 wincoast to coast.
Want another Reagan Revolution? Here¹s how. It¹s time to finish Painting the Map Red.
About the Author
Hugh Hewitthosts a nationally syndicated radio program heard daily in more than one hundred cities. Hewitt is a professor of law at Chapman University and a partner in the law firm Hewitt Wolensky McNulty & Hickson LLP. He is the author of more than a dozen books and is a columnist for theWashington Examinerand Townhall.com and blogs daily at HughHewitt.com. Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School.
Top Customer Reviews
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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So, Hewitt, how did those 2006 elections turn out for you? Just a macaque away from controlling the Senate!Published on February 19, 2008 by Eric C. Erickson
Shallow, poorly written and ultimately wrong. Just what we have come to expect from this author...Published on June 26, 2007 by Mythbuster
Looks like Hewitt got the color wrong: his prescription is relegating the Repubican Party to the areas of only *part* of the former Confederacy. Read morePublished on November 9, 2006 by J. Kowalski
Six years and thousands of US deaths, tens of thousands permanently disabled, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dead, countless Rethuglican investigations, indictments, convictions,... Read morePublished on October 25, 2006 by El Perro Patron
No greater writing has been offered by a great conservative thinker since the Bible. So great is this masterpiece, that Amazon has reduced it to the low low price of $2. Read morePublished on October 25, 2006 by The Other Steve
I live in the same county as Hewitt and have read his writings online and in newspapers. His book is easy to digest as far as style and length. Read morePublished on June 16, 2006 by Quang Pham
I enjoyed this book but it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. There were many thought provoking ideas throughout. Read morePublished on May 2, 2006 by Steve
Hugh Hewitt hits the nail on the head with this book. The Republican party stands at a crossroads, especially with the possibility of a Clinton-Obama administration looming on the... Read morePublished on April 24, 2006 by Mark J. Braukhoff
Mr. Hewitt minces no words in his latest book: Republicans must win big in in the congressional midterms of November 2006 and win back the presidency in '08 if this country is... Read morePublished on April 17, 2006 by The Breech