The Centrist Solution: How We Made Government Work and Can Make It Work Again

The Centrist Solution: How We Made Government Work and Can Make It Work Again

by Senator Joe Lieberman
The Centrist Solution: How We Made Government Work and Can Make It Work Again

The Centrist Solution: How We Made Government Work and Can Make It Work Again

by Senator Joe Lieberman

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Overview

Senator Joseph Lieberman offers a master class in effective government by probing his forty years in elective office—from the Vietnam War era to the Presidency of Barack Obama—and by shining a light on historic acts of centrism and compromise, extracting productive and problem-solving lessons and techniques we need now more than ever.

In this era of extremism, our largest problems remain unsolved and our international leadership is compromised. Having two fiercely opposed political parties is what John Adams, the second President of the United States, dreaded “as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

If American government is to work, it must do so in the center—where open discussion, hard negotiation, and effective compromise take place. No living politician knows this better than former Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, who served for forty years in state and national government, including twenty-four in the United States Senate and a campaign for the Vice Presidency.

In this vivid account of his political life, Senator Lieberman shows how legislative progress and all-inclusive government occurs when politicians reject extremism and embrace productive compromise. In The Centrist Solution, he shines a light on ten milestones of centrist success during his time in government—from the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the repeal of the military’s anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, along with a Vice Presidential run with Presidential Candidate Al Gore, and being vetted by John McCain to be his potential running mate on the 2008 Republican Ticket.

In the telling, Senator Lieberman extracts clear lessons and proven methods of centrist collaboration that can carry us forward after years of partisan warfare and legislative inaction. The centrist solution leads to government truly of the people, by the people, and for the people—a citizenry looking for solutions, not extremist standoffs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635769043
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 10/19/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 590,052
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Senator Joe Lieberman served 24 years in the United States Senate, representing the state of Connecticut, and was the Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee in 2000. He is honorary national co-chair of No Labels, an American political organization composed of Republicans, Democrats and Independents whose mission is to “usher in a new era of focused problem solving in American politics.” He is also co-chair of the American Enterprise Institute’s American Internationalism Project and the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense while serving on the Board of Trustees for The McCain Institute for International Leadership, the Board of Trustees for the Institute for the Study of War, and the Board of Directors of the Center for a New American Security.





During his tenure, Senator Lieberman helped shape legislation in virtually every major area of public policy and served in many leadership roles, including as chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.



He is currently senior counsel at the law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres where he applies the investigative skills he honed as United States Senator and Attorney General of the State of Connecticut to represent clients in independent and internal investigations and advise them on a wide range of public policy, strategic and regulatory issues.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Nightmares of John Adams vii

1 The Roots of American Centrism 1

2 A Personal Case Study: The Sources of My Centrism 11

3 The Making of a Centrist Elected Official 23

4 My Unexpected Centrist Path to the US Senate 33

5 Finding the Bipartisan Center in Partisan Washington 47

6 A Centrist in the White House 71

7 Al Gore Breaks a Barrier 93

8 The 2000 National Campaign 113

9 Bipartisan Centrism Under Bush 43 133

10 Uniting in the Center After 9/11/01 147

11 My Centrist Presidential Campaign in a Party Moving Left 169

12 How I Became a Third-Party Candidate 191

13 An Independent Democrat in a Republican Campaign 219

14 Centrism in Support of President Obama 233

15 The "No Labels" Way Forward 265

Acknowledgments 281

Index 283

About the Author 291

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