" Ronald Reagan won the cold war, turned the economy around, and set an example of sanity that riddles today's Republicans with angst-including, not long ago, author and former White House insider Peter Robinson. Without economic woes and the ...
Soviets, what's left for the party to stand for?
IT'S MY PARTY maps Robinson's journey to find the answer. It's the cheeky yet heartfelt testament of a lifelong, dedicated (though hardly zealous) Republican. It takes a fresh tour through history and geography to trace the party's roots. It pushes the hot buttons of headline issues that other political professionals are afraid to touch. It introduces us to both the party's famous and its foot soldiers, from George Bush I to Rep. Chris Cox, from Newt Gingrich to Bret Schundler, mayor of Jersey City, N.J. It follows the surprising rite of passage of one gifted young African-American Republican and one woman officeholder's perspective, revolutionary in its simplicity, on the gender gap. And it looks up close at the two men who bode most likely to carry the standard of the Republican Party into the new century: George W. Bush and New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.
At the end of the journey, the Grand Old Party proved grander than Robinson had thought. Of course, it looms as the champion for the time-honored principles of self-reliance, limited government, and respect for the Judeo-Christian moral tradition. But ultimately, it stands for nothing less than the success of American democracy. For the author, it's been a love affair, messy yet all-consuming, as the GOP kept drawing him in, becoming more fascinating the more he got to know it, without losing its capacity to annoy, irritate, infuriate, and exasperate. It's his party, he tells us. And it's still kicking."