In the aftermath of Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 landslide, the Republican Party appeared to be on the verge of permanent irrelevance. LBJ’s Great Society was institutionalizing sweeping liberal reforms, and the United States had a thriving, prosperous economy. Yet in an instant everything changed, and the next four decades would witness an unprecedented era of Republican ascendancy. What happened?
In The Right Path, Joe Scarborough looks back in time to discern how Republicans once dominated American public life. From Eisenhower’s refusal to let “the perfect be the enemy of the good” to Reagan’s charismatic but resolutely practical genius, Scarborough shows how principled pragmatism, combined with a commitment to core conservative values, led to victory after victory.
Now, however, political incalcitrance is threatening to turn a once-mighty party into a permanent minority.
Opening with the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965—the high-water moment for liberalism—and ending with the national disillusionment that set in after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, The Right Path effortlessly blends American political history with astute analysis and pithy, no-holds-barred commentary. Both a bracing call to arms and a commonsense history, The Right Path provides an illuminating look at conservatism and its discontents—and why the GOP must regain its former tone and tradition if it hopes to survive.
Praise for The Right Path
“This concise history of modern Republican politics might just leave you optimistic about the chances that conservatives can govern again. . . . In the world of commentary, we tend to obsess over the quotidian ebbs and flows—assuming that every little bump in the road is a disaster. . . . But there’s something about reading the history that allows one to take a longer view and put things in context. And that’s precisely what this book does very well.”—The Daily Caller
“The Right Path is the right book at the right time to spark a much-needed conversation about the future of the Republican Party.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin
“If you’re interested in the Republican future, you need to read The Right Path. I don’t agree with all of it, but Joe Scarborough has written a book that’s both thought-provoking and fun.”—William Kristol
“Joe Scarborough’s lively, provocative, and instructive history of the modern Republican Party will stir up the GOP—which is exactly what he has in mind. As the Grand Old Party searches for a path to victory, Joe offers some important lessons to be learned.”—Tom Brokaw
“Joe Scarborough’s incisive, original, provocative, and well-argued book, deploying American political history both distant and recent, deserves to be widely read, carefully considered, and energetically debated.”—Michael Beschloss
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Forty Augusts: From Watts to Katrina xix
1 A Dislike for Ike 3
2 Between a Rock and the Right 26
3 Goldwater, Extremism, and the Rise of LBJ 44
4 Reagan's Rendezvous with Destiny 60
5 The Lift of a Driving Dream 75
6 Acid, Amnesty, and Abortion 88
7 The Dream Is Still with Us 98
8 A New Hope 111
9 You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet 120
10 The Polo Populist 128
11 A Revolution Unravels 139
12 The Worst of Times 156
Epilogue: The Road to Victory 167
Some Notes on the Sources 177
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Scarborough was a frequent elbow rubber with faux conservative, big government republicans like McCain and Graham. Read this book to better understand the big government republican mentality on bullet points and less on his actual views. A true conservative will mostly be disgusted.
For those who are familiar with Morning Joe this will be familiar stuff. Scarborough recognizes the risks of dis-functional government and presents a way back to reasonable conservative participation in our political process.
A must read.