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The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted

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The New York Times bestselling exposé of what passes for business as usual in Washington today

There was a time, not so very long ago, when perfectly rational people ran the Republican Party. So how did the party of Lincoln become the party of lunatics? That is what this book aims to answer. Fear not, the Dems come in for their share of tough talk— they are zombies, a party of the living dead.

Mike Lofgren came to Washington in the early eighties—those halcyon, post–Nixonian glory days—for what he imagined would be a short stint on Capitol Hill. He has witnessed quite a few low points in his twenty-eight years on the Hill—but none quite so pitiful as the antics of the current crop of legislators whom we appear to have elected.

Based on the explosive article Lofgren wrote when he resigned in disgust after the debt ceiling crisis, The Party Is Over is a funny and impassioned exposé of everything that is wrong with Washington. Obama and his tired cohorts are no angels but they have nothing on the Republicans, whose wily strategists are bankrupting the country one craven vote at a time. Be prepared for some fireworks.

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The New York Times–bestselling manifesto about Americas broken political system and how it got that way

Mike Lofgren was once a proud Republican. When he came to Washington in the early 1980s, the party was controlled by what was mostly a rational group of people with a basic grasp of economics and foreign policy. So what happened since then? How did the party of Lincoln become the party of lunatics? After some thirty years in Congress, Lofgren, exasperated by the circus of the debt-ceiling debate, stepped down from his position on the Senate Budget Committee in disgust in 2011.

Written by a refreshingly skeptical insider, The Party Is Over is an electrifying manifesto for the growing number of Americans who are appalled by our politicians and fed up with their pandering to corporate interests. Wry, trenchant, and highly persuasive, Lofgren offers clear suggestions for how to break through the gridlock and reverse political dysfunction in Washington.

About the Author

Mike Lofgren spent twenty-eight years working in Congress, the last sixteen as a senior analyst on the House and Senate Budget committees, which gave him ringside seats on TARP, Hurricane Katrina disaster relief, debates on the Pentagon budget and the amazing antics of various deficit–reduction commissions. He holds two degrees in history and received a Fulbright scholarship. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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jamespdx, September 6, 2013 (view all comments by jamespdx)
First off, the most compelling thing about this book is that the author is a Republican. Or was a Republican . . . I'm not sure he actually switched parities, but it is interesting to me that this is largely a book of self criticism. Not of the author himself, but of the political party that he spent a lifetime serving. Yes, there are SOME comments about the Democrats, but largely this is about Bat Shit Crazy Republicans! Being a Republican political insider, Mr. Lofgren had unique access to the inter workings of his Party. He is very revealing in exposing the actions of Newt Gringrich and laying at his feet much of what is now wrong with the American political process. I highly recommend this book and have been trying to get various members of my family, who support the Republican Party, to read this and understand that today's Republican Party is NOT the Party of my grandfather!! I think for anyone who hopes and prays for a return to sanity in the American political process, this book is a must read. To understand the present and hope for the future, we must first understand the past and the motives of the players in the process. It may be shocking for some to realize that the people they look to for patriotic leadership are the very people who have completely abandoned any real interest in being a patriot by embracing an ideology that is solely about winning, and little else.
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ISBN:
9780143124214
Author:
Lofgren, Mike
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Political Parties
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in 0.46 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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The New York Times–bestselling manifesto about Americas broken political system and how it got that way

Mike Lofgren was once a proud Republican. When he came to Washington in the early 1980s, the party was controlled by what was mostly a rational group of people with a basic grasp of economics and foreign policy. So what happened since then? How did the party of Lincoln become the party of lunatics? After some thirty years in Congress, Lofgren, exasperated by the circus of the debt-ceiling debate, stepped down from his position on the Senate Budget Committee in disgust in 2011.

Written by a refreshingly skeptical insider, The Party Is Over is an electrifying manifesto for the growing number of Americans who are appalled by our politicians and fed up with their pandering to corporate interests. Wry, trenchant, and highly persuasive, Lofgren offers clear suggestions for how to break through the gridlock and reverse political dysfunction in Washington.

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