Why the Right Went Wrong

Why the Right Went Wrong

C Onservatism-- From Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond

Book - 2016 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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Why the Right Went Wrong offers a historical view of the right since the 1960s. Its core contention is that American conservatism and the Republican Party took a wrong turn when they adopted Barry Goldwater's worldview during and after the 1964 campaign. The radicalism of today's conservatism is not the product of the Tea Party, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne writes. The Tea Partiers are the true heirs to Goldwater ideology. The purity movement did more than drive moderates out of the Republican Party--it beat back alternative definitions of conservatism. --Publisher.
Contents: Introduction: What happened to conservatism? : why reforming the country requires transforming the Right
The ambiguous hero : Ronald Reagan as conservatism's model and problem
In the shadow of Goldwater : it didn't start with the Tea Party
From radicalism to governing : how Nixon failed conservatives, Reagan thrilled them
and then left them hanging
The end of the Reagan majority : George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and the politics of deadlock
The Gingrich revolution and conservatism's second chance : M2E2 and the Right's Achilles' heel
Put on a compassionate face : the promise and limits of compassionate conservatism
Double-edged "strategery" : George W. Bush, Karl Rove, and the search for a fourth way
"I can hear you" : how W. united the country, then divided it more than ever
The new, new, old Right : the Tea Party explosion that was waiting to happen
Dreams of celestial choirs : Barack Obama hopes, but the GOP doesn't change
The logic of obstruction : why conservative opposition to Obama was inevitable
The Tea Party overreaches and Republicans wage class war : the making and unmaking of Mitt Romney
Saying yes and no to Obama : the two electorates and the cycles of dysfunction
The fever that wouldn't break : when winning two elections isn't enough
Reforming conservatism or trumping it : a new conservatism, a new pizza box, or something completely different?
Up from Goldwaterism : the conservative challenge and America's future
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Branch Call Number: 320.520973 D
Characteristics: x, 532 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781476763798


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