I just finished The Right Path by Joe Scarborough. He’s the creator and host of Morning Joe on MSNBC and a former U.S. Representative. It’s must-see TV from 5a-8a CST and I generally listen on Sirius radio on the commute to work, and you should too!
This book spells out what is currently wrong with the Republican party, points to examples of dissension and strife within the party from decades past and what was done then and what can be done now. If GOP leaders and those who have splintered off from the party would read this book, digest it, and realize compromise and negotiations are tools of true leaders, the Republicans would enjoy peace and harmony once again. Unfortunately, these obstructionists employ tactics such as withholding budget votes to use as a hammer in order to get their beliefs notoriety. Not the Eisenhower way and certainly not the Reagan way (both of whom were clear legends of the GOP), but apparently those legacies have been forgotten by many elected Republicans. With platform rigidity and an unwillingness to compromise, this GOP has alienated stalwarts such as Colin Powell and has gotten into bed with the likes of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. While those two voices do have some legitimate foundational beliefs, they seem to have shifted off-kilter to appease a more radical right, one which will fracture the Republican party and put many future elections in the ‘W’ column for Democrats. Shock value really doesn’t have a place in politics, however it seems to be a tool of the ‘new age’.
Joe paints a great picture of what is happening and what should happen to grow and unite the party. I just wish anyone who calls themselves a REPUBLICAN would read and reread this book and use it as a reference to form a solid, dependable GOP platform we can be proud of.