The Accidental Conservative: The Improbable Story of My Time in the Echo Chamber

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Author House, Jun 6, 2011 - Humor - 312 pages
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In the early nineties, Jim Riggins became a conservative on a bet. He didnt expect to enjoy the ruse but did. Years later, he found himself in the White House working for George W. Bush. Life was good for the GOP, but thanks to the Right's fealty to authority, the party stumbled. As a result, a plan to win back the hearts and minds of America was devised. Along with chicken-hawks like El Rushbo, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity and, of course, Sarah Palin, Forty-Three enlists in the Army after his two terms. He does so at the direction of Dick Cheney who also orders Jim to enlist and run interference for the former president. But theres a problem. Americans are dying in Afghanistan and Iraq. Then Vietnam attacks a neighbor and provides the group a warzone where Americans arent dying. Trained up, the flock deploys to Vietnam Part II where Charlie attacks its vehicle and throws its members into a POW camp. Starved and sick, the group is forced to survive in the jungle under the ideological Colonel Mai. But the group can go home if it agrees to do one thing.

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Jim “Chubby” Riggins got his start in the early nineties at the University of Oregon where he started a chapter of the College Republican National Committee with the help of Jack Abramhoff. As chapter president, Jim organized campus canvases, ran mock elections, organized lobbying efforts and managed get-out-the-vote drives, all while he earned a degree in political science. After college, Jim went on to enjoy tremendous success raising money for local and national republican candidates. This led to a position working for the former Oregon Senator, Bob Packwood, before the senator left the senate under less than favorable conditions. Jim then moved to Washington D.C. where Jack Abramhoff introduced him to the inner workings and main players of the Grand Old Party. This eventually provided Jim the opportunity to join George W. Bush’s administration and work in the White House where he was later appointed to the role of Forty-Three’s personal minder.

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