The Party's Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat

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“Juicy stuff” (Miami New Times) from the former Republican governor of Florida on why he went with his heart and changed political parties.
 
Charlie Crist was the popular governor of Florida and a rising Republican star. But the changing political landscape left him with a life-changing choice: Join the Tea Party madness? Or stay true to his bipartisan, commonsense ...

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Overview

“Juicy stuff” (Miami New Times) from the former Republican governor of Florida on why he went with his heart and changed political parties.
 
Charlie Crist was the popular governor of Florida and a rising Republican star. But the changing political landscape left him with a life-changing choice: Join the Tea Party madness? Or stay true to his bipartisan, commonsense beliefs? Charlie knew what was right and became a Democrat in 2012.
 
The Party’s Over is the inside story of one brave leader’s refusal to surrender to hatred and zeal. From the Florida capital to the presidential campaign trail to Barack Obama’s White House, Charlie Crist tells what really derailed his former party, sharing very frank opinions about Sarah Palin, John McCain, Mark Rubio, and other top-tier Republicans. Crist has a uniquely insightful perspective on what works and what doesn’t, offering a hopeful vision to getting Washington back on track.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/15/2013
In this political memoir, the former Republican governor of Florida explains why he became disenchanted with his party and ended up running for the Senate as an independent, endorsing Obama, and finally becoming a Democrat.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-08
With the assistance of Henican (co-author, with Dwight Gooden: Doc, 2013, etc.), the former Republican governor of Florida explains why he is now a Democrat. Echoing the words of Ronald Reagan, Crist told the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, "I didn't leave the Republican Party. It left me." Many Republicans thought Crist's betrayal began about four years earlier. At a rally in support of the new president's economic stimulus package, Crist not only appeared on the same stage as Obama, but got a hug from him to boot. For Republicans, the embrace symbolized Crist's defiance of current party wisdom that Obama was to be opposed at all costs. For Crist, this Republican "tribalism" was "silly—and wrong," but his memoir gives evidence that he and his lifelong party had been diverging long before then. Crist was ashamed when the Florida fiasco of 2000 ended with the U.S. Supreme Court awarding the state's electoral votes and the whole election to George W. Bush, who happened to be brother of then-Governor Jeb Bush. As governor himself six years later, he would upset his party when he pushed to make voting easier for all Floridians, even for former felons. Still calling himself "pro-life," in practice, he has been loath to use his political offices to come between women and their doctors. As Florida attorney general in 2005, he steered clear of the Terri Schiavo case and was aghast when the Bushes and congressional Republicans tried to use the power of the state to force the comatose woman's husband to keep her on life support. Democrats, of course, will eat up Crist's self-presentation as common-sense populist, as well as his unflattering portraits of the Bushes, Karl Rove, Sarah Palin and many other GOP and tea party stars. Republicans will find little to cheer about here, but independent-minded readers might enjoy this front-row view of Florida politics at the turn of the millennium.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525954415
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 723,327
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLIE CRIST is the former Republican governor of Florida. After running for the U.S. Senate as an Independent in 2010, he began working with the Democratic Party. In 2012 he became a member. He is currently running to reclaim the Governorship as a Democrat. He lives with his wife in St. Petersburg.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    A must read, holds your attention from page 1!!!

    I have never read a political book and never thought I would. This book had my attention from page 1. It was a real eye opener and gave me quite an insight on what really goes on within the parties. Charlie crist wants to make a difference and has had to overcome many obstacles along the way. Hope he succeeds in his up and coming election to return to the governors office in Florida. That state is lucky to have someone who will actually work for them. Go Charlie!!!!

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  • Posted May 18, 2014

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    I agree that this book was a good read, because I had trouble pu

    I agree that this book was a good read, because I had trouble putting it down. It was interesting to get an insider's take on a lot of hot topics in the news, including Terri Schiavo, the rise of the Tea Party, the selection of Sarah Palin as VP candidate, and the Gulf of Mexico oil leak disaster.
    To be fair, the book is ultimately self-serving, because it makes Charlie Crist look good and promotes his 2014 race to become governor of Florida once again. The book makes him believable and likeable in clever ways: he reveals someof his personal flaws so that you're more likely to believe his victories, he doesn't skewer as many people as badly as he could have, he refuses to point out the differences in his views and those of people he really admires, like John McCain, and he really stresses his successes as governo and his love for Florida. I got the feeling that sometimes the bad news was glossed over a bit.
    That said, in the end, it still sounds like Charlie Crist has the kind of bipartisan thinking that our country could use more of.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

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    Sigh-my husband bought this book for me and I had to return it after only reading a few chapters. It was terrible.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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