It's My Party Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America

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Penguin, Jan 27, 2005 - Political Science - 272 pages
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Christine Whitman offers an insider’s view of the corrosive effects—on the party and the country as a whole—of the rise of zealous conservatism. She tells many stories from the front lines of her battles with conservatives, as well as those of other moderate Republicans, and argues that the rise of this bullying faction—as opposed to being the voting juggernaut party leaders have considered it—has kept the Republican party from building a true voting majority. It has also, she argues, pushed the polarization of the electorate to an appalling extreme.

Each chapter focuses on the key hot-button issues that were the most contentious battlegrounds between moderates and conservatives in 2005, and the areas where she thinks the conservatives took the party in the wrong direction: race relations, abortion rights, the environment, taxes, and international affairs. In each of these areas, Whitman tells stories about how in her own career she has been able to make great progress by taking a moderate approach—by finding what she calls “the productive middle,” such as in her unprecedented admission that racial profiling was indeed happening on New Jersey’s highways.

This is a fascinating insider’s account of how politics happens on the ground and behind the closed doors, with a message that will speak powerfully to an all too silent moderate Republican majority.
 

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Christine Whitman discusses her worries about the direction the Republican Party is taking while recounting her time as Governor of New Jersey and as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Read full review

It's My Party, Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America

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It's her party and she'll cry if she wants to. Former EPA Chief and New Jersey governor Whitman laments the rightward shift in the Republican party, concerned that it "will now move so far to the ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE Does the Right Make Might?
CHAPTER TWO Whatever Happened to the Big Umbrella?
CHAPTER THREE The Party Within the Party
CHAPTER FOUR Reclaiming Lincolns Legacy
CHAPTER FIVE This Land Is Our Land
CHAPTER SIX A Woman in the Party
CHAPTER SEVEN A Time for Radical Moderates
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