The Elephant in the Room: Evangelicals, Libertarians, and the Battle to Control the Republican Party [NOOK Book]

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"Ryan Sager, a conservative and a libertarian, foresees major upheaval ahead for the Republican Party. As the long marriage of convenience between the social conservatives (a.k.a., the Religious Right), primarily in the South, and the small-government conservatives (a.k.a., libertarians), primarily in the West, is unraveling and the coalition that has put and kept the Republican Party in power faces disaster, the possibility of a Democratic resurgence is on the horizon." "Not only would infighting cripple the GOP, but the people ready to jump ...
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The Elephant in the Room: Evangelicals, Libertarians, and the Battle to Control the Republican Party

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Overview

"Ryan Sager, a conservative and a libertarian, foresees major upheaval ahead for the Republican Party. As the long marriage of convenience between the social conservatives (a.k.a., the Religious Right), primarily in the South, and the small-government conservatives (a.k.a., libertarians), primarily in the West, is unraveling and the coalition that has put and kept the Republican Party in power faces disaster, the possibility of a Democratic resurgence is on the horizon." "Not only would infighting cripple the GOP, but the people ready to jump ship control much of the campaign cash (on Wall Street and elsewhere) and crucial swing votes (in "leave us alone" states such as Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Montana). As the nation's population and electoral map shift South and West, the current Republican Party increasingly favors Southern values (religion, morality, tradition) over Western ones (freedom, independence, privacy). The result? The party is in danger of losing its Western base." All hope is not lost, however, and in The Elephant in the Room Sager offers a way out of the mangled mess. He calls it a renewal of fusionism, a better blend between liberty and tradition, freedom and responsibility; one that emphasizes small government instead of Republican-controlled government, morality instead of moralism, and principles instead of politics.
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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: 9781620459744
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • File size: 2 MB

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 1
2 United against Communism 25
3 United against Clintonism 53
4 The breaking apart 81
5 The ownership society and its discontents 107
6 Dancing with an elephant 133
7 Look to the West 159
8 Return to CPAC 185
App Political and social attitudes in the South and interior West 213
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