The Reluctant Republican: My Fight for the Moderate Majority

The Reluctant Republican: My Fight for the Moderate Majority

by Barbara F. Olschner

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Barbara Olschner believes in her party’s founding principles: lower taxes, less regulation, limited government, and individual accountability. But she also believes in governing through compromise, in respectfully listening to opponents’ viewpoints, and in the possibility that a Republican can be fiscally but not socially conservative. In hindsight, it isn’t surprising that when she ran for Congress at the height of the Tea Party’s influence she was branded an elitist and a RINO (Republican in Name Only)—and finished dead last.

The Reluctant Republican traces her campaign and her realization that the current leadership of her party demands strict adherence to its ideology. Not only are different viewpoints not tolerated, but those who espouse them are vilified for their disloyalty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813047478
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Barbara F. Olschner is a native of North Carolina who moved to Birmingham, Alabama, to practice law. After thirty years, she moved to Walton County, in the Florida Panhandle.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 The Competition 1

2 The Odds 15

3 Policy and Politics 25

4 The Headquarters 39

5 Two New Candidates 48

6 The Decision 60

7 The Martin Theatre Debate 65

8 The Tea Party Festival 75

9 The Dowling Park Debate 85

10 The Destin Debate 95

11 The Party Line 105

12 The Finish Line 115

Epilogue 131

Acknowledgments 143

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