From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics--and Can Again
On Sale: November 12, 2013
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Joe Scarborough—former Republican congressman and the
always insightful host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe—takes a
nuanced and surprising look at the unexpected rise and
self-inflicted fall of the Republican Party. Dominant in
national politics for forty years under the influence of the
conservative but pragmatic leadership of Dwight Eisenhower
and Ronald Reagan, the GOP, Scarborough argues, is in a
self-inflicted eclipse. The only way forward? Recover the
principled realism of the giants who led the party to
In the aftermath of
Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 landslide, the Republican Party
appeared to be on the verge of permanent irrelevance. LBJ’s
Great Society was institutionalizing sweeping liberal
reforms, and the United States had a thriving, prosperous
economy. Yet in an instant everything changed, and the next
four decades would witness an unprecedented era of
Republican ascendancy. What happened?
The Right Path, Joe Scarborough looks back in time to
discern how Republicans once dominated American public life.
From Eisenhower’s refusal to let “the perfect be the enemy
of the good” to Reagan’s charismatic but resolutely
practical genius, Scarborough shows how principled
pragmatism, combined with a commitment to core conservative
values, led to victory after victory.
however, political incalcitrance is threatening to turn a
once-mighty party into a permanent minority.
Opening with the passage of the Voting
Rights Act in 1965—the high-water moment for liberalism—and
ending with the national disillusionment that set in after
Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, The Right Path
effortlessly blends American political history with astute
analysis and pithy, no-holds-barred commentary. Both a
bracing call to arms and a commonsense history, The Right
Path provides an illuminating look at conservatism and
its discontents—and why the GOP must regain its former tone
and tradition if it hopes to survive.
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