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It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump

de Stuart Stevens

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"An indictment of the Republican Party from one of the most successful Republican political operatives of his generation"-- Stevens spent decades electing Republicans at every level, from presidents to senators to local officials. Here he offers a devastating portrait of a party that has lost its moral and political compass. Stevens shows how Trump is the natural outcome of five decades of hypocrisy and self-delusion, dating all the way back to the civil rights legislation of the early 1960s. Racism has always lurked in the modern GOP's DNA, as has the rank hypocrisy of the party's claims to embody "family values" and fiscal responsibility. Stephen helped to create the modern party that kneels before a morally bankrupt con man-- and now he wants nothing more than to see it held accountable. -- adapted from jacket… (mais)
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    M_Clark: Stuart Benen's book takes the ideas of Stuart Stevens one step further with his demonstration that Republicans no longer have the ability or even the interest in governing.
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Nothing earthshaking or new at this point. The Republican Party is a power hungry cartel that uses racism to hold its shrinking constituency: white men. But it is interesting to read an insider view and disillusionment story. Also, apparently a known truth is that the more conservative the politician the gayer the staff. Hypocrites, all.
  BookyMaven | Dec 6, 2023 |
This goes perfectly with some of the books I've read lately and it's easy to read and well written. It's even better to hear these grievances come from the Republican side of the aisle since I usually get a one-sided conversation when it comes to any political science/government book. It was just over 200 pages and took me 3 days to finish it and I never at one point wanted to put the book down and not finish it. Thats always a good indicator to me that I fully enjoyed a book. ( )
  booksonbooksonbooks | Jul 24, 2023 |
This goes perfectly with some of the books I've read lately and it's easy to read and well written. It's even better to hear these grievances come from the Republican side of the aisle since I usually get a one-sided conversation when it comes to any political science/government book. It was just over 200 pages and took me 3 days to finish it and I never at one point wanted to put the book down and not finish it. Thats always a good indicator to me that I fully enjoyed a book. ( )
  booksonbooksonbooks | Jul 24, 2023 |
A rant by an ex-campaign strategist for Republicans that outlines the hypocritical shedding of all conservative principles in order to "win" by supporting Trump. Also makes the case even before Nixon the conservative Republican movement has been about suppressing voting rights of non-whites, and particularly Blacks. He believes this will be end of the Republican party as America's demographics are changing rapidly. One intriguing fact he states: Obama was the first candidate to reject the $80M pubic campaign financing (and raised $330M). ( )
  Castinet | Dec 11, 2022 |
I got a couple of chapters into this and started to feel like I'd heard it before, then I realized he was treading the same ground as Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics which I read a few months back and it was a way more entertaining and better written chronicle of this topic. So I doubt this will be worth my time to finish.
  fionaanne | Nov 11, 2021 |
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Stevens traces a “direct line” connecting Nixon’s strategy to Reagan’s “more genteel prejudice” and Trump’s “white nationalism.” Reagan’s imaginary welfare queen “weaponized race and deceit in exactly the same ways” that Trump has in recent years, Stevens argues. Stevens was a consultant for Republican candidates for decades, and he formulated the very strategies and campaign ads about which he writes. His analysis goes beyond race. One chapter argues that despite its reputation for sound economic management, the Republican Party is actually “addicted to debt.” ... Many will fiercely contest Stevens’s views, but Republicans will have to grapple with this scathing message.
 
Stevens has little hope the GOP will save itself from Trump or rise to the challenge of adapting to an increasingly non-white America. Losing, badly, is his only hope for concentrating Republican minds to the new reality of American demographics. Absent that, his prescription is definitive: “Burn it to the ground and start over.” ... The former may happen. The latter is less predictable.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarThe Guardian, John S. Gardner (Aug 2, 2020)
 
Without Romney’s defeat, no Trump takeover. And no Republican other than Utah’s freshman senator himself had more to do with the fateful outcome on that Election Day than Mitt Romney’s sole campaign strategist in 2012, principal advertising consultant, and convention speechwriter, Stuart Stevens. Strange, then, to pick up Stevens’s new book, It Was All a Lie, to find him accusing Republican voters of all manner of sins, failures of judgment, and squandered opportunities, as if they were due the harsh accounting and he was the one left disappointed.... A quiet disengagement from the 2020 scene, taking his j’accuse with him, would be sufficient, leaving others to guide a vital 166-year-old institution that has been and remains an irreplaceable force for good in this country and this world.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarNational Review, Matthew Scully (Jun 29, 2020)
 
Stevens, who claims to have amassed “the best win-loss record of anyone in my business,” admits to having been duped by Republican candidates who professed conservative principles but abandoned them in order to “embrac[e] a racist unprepared to be president”—a confessional quality that distinguishes this account from others by center-right figures. Readers hoping that the post-Trump GOP charts a new path will savor this thoughtful exposé.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarPublishers Weekly (Mar 5, 2020)
 
Stevens writes that it’s nearly impossible to imagine a GOP that adheres to the values of “compassionate conservatism” advanced only two decades ago by George W. Bush or one that will stand up to a resurgent Russia. He closes by predicting that Republicans who have given Trump free rein will one day “look back on this period of their lives with a mixture of shame, sadness, and regret,” holding some dim hope for a return to the values of old by virtue of moderate Republican governors and state legislators.... An epitaph, of interest to all politics junkies, for a formerly venerable party by a champion-turned-gravedigger.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarKirkus Reviews (Feb 24, 2020)
 
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There is nothing strange or unexpected about Donald Trump. He is the logical conclusion of what the Republican Party became over the last fifty or so years, a natural product of the seeds of race, self-deception, and anger that became the essence of the Republican Party. Trump isn’t an aberration of the Republican Party; he is the Republican Party in a purified form.
What happens if you spend decades focused on appealing to white voters and treating nonwhite voters with, at best, benign neglect? You get good at doing what it takes to appeal to white voters. That is the truth that led to what is famously called “the southern strategy.” That is the path that leads you to becoming what the Republican Party now proudly embraces: a white grievance party.
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As much as many of us—yes, I include myself in this group—would like to, even need to, separate Reagan from Trump, the welfare-queen theme weaponized race and deceit in exactly the same ways employed by Donald Trump. There is a small kernel of truth in it—the woman used four, not eighty names, and the total fraud was $8,000—but when four becomes eighty and $8,000 total becomes $150,000 a year, Reagan is just lying. The majority of all welfare goes to white Americans and always has, but the specificity of a woman in Chicago makes the racial appeal clear.
The modern Democratic Party has fought for civil rights and believes government has a moral role in helping to create racial equality in America. The modern Republican Party has fought civil rights and is very hesitant to assert government has a role in equality of any sort, including racial.
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"An indictment of the Republican Party from one of the most successful Republican political operatives of his generation"-- Stevens spent decades electing Republicans at every level, from presidents to senators to local officials. Here he offers a devastating portrait of a party that has lost its moral and political compass. Stevens shows how Trump is the natural outcome of five decades of hypocrisy and self-delusion, dating all the way back to the civil rights legislation of the early 1960s. Racism has always lurked in the modern GOP's DNA, as has the rank hypocrisy of the party's claims to embody "family values" and fiscal responsibility. Stephen helped to create the modern party that kneels before a morally bankrupt con man-- and now he wants nothing more than to see it held accountable. -- adapted from jacket

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