Elephant in the Room: Evangelicals, Libertarians, and the Battle to Control the Republican Party

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"This funny, sobering, smart book reminds Republicans that having beliefs isn't good enough. You have to act on them. Winning isn't enough; you have to win with a purpose in mind. Ryan Sager sounds a real call to arms. The party would be wise to hear it."
—Peggy Noonan, columnist, The Wall Street Journal

"An insightful and eminently readable account of the current conservative crackup. Anyone who wants to understand American politics today ...

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Overview

Praise for The Elephant in the Room

"This funny, sobering, smart book reminds Republicans that having beliefs isn't good enough. You have to act on them. Winning isn't enough; you have to win with a purpose in mind. Ryan Sager sounds a real call to arms. The party would be wise to hear it."
—Peggy Noonan, columnist, The Wall Street Journal

"An insightful and eminently readable account of the current conservative crackup. Anyone who wants to understand American politics today needs to read Sager's chronicle of the ongoing civil war in the conservative ranks."
—Paul Begala, coauthor of Take It Back

"Two feisty American factions are at daggers drawn. No, the fight is not conservatives versus liberals. Rather, it is libertarian conservatives versus 'social issues' conservatives. In this illuminating examination of the changing ideological geography of American politics, Ryan Sager suggests that the conservatives must choose between Southern and Western flavors of conservatism. He prefers the latter."
—George F. Will, syndicated columnist

"Sager picks up where Bruce Bartlett left off with Impostor. The Elephant in the Room tells us how libertarians and the Christian conservatives are at swords' point over Bush's 'big government conservatism.' Anyone who wants to understand this important debate should get a copy of Sager's book."
—John B. Judis, coauthor of The Emerging Democratic Majority

"Ryan Sager offers an eloquent, elegant argument that the GOP has lost its way—an argument that even those of us who disagree with many of his criticisms and object passionately to many of his characterizations must take with the utmost seriousness."
—John Podhoretz, author of Can She Be Stopped?

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Editorial Reviews

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* "...impressive.... The story of the impending break-up is excellent material, and the author tells it well." (The Economist, October 2006)

"fun and lively book that should be distributed to every card-carrying member of the GOP. " (New York Post, September 24, 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471793328
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

RYAN SAGER is a weekly columnist for the New York Post and RealClearPolitics.com. He got his start in journalism as part of the founding staff of the start-up New York Sun, and went on to become the youngest member of the New York Post's editorial board. Sager's writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Reason, National Review, TCS Daily, and the Atlantic Monthly. His blog, Miscellaneous Objections, can be found at rhsager.com.
editor@rhsager.com
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Table of Contents

1 Live from the Reagan Building.

2 United against Communism.

3 United against Clintonism.

4 The Breaking Apart.

5 The Ownership Society and Its Discontents.

6 Dancing with an Elephant.

7 Look to the West.

8 Return to CPAC.

Acknowledgments.

Appendix: Political and Social Attitudes in the South and the Interior West.

Notes.

Index.

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