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Geoffrey Kabaservice Book Discussion: "Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation..." with Ed Rollins

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Published on Aug 22, 2012

Geoffrey Kabaservice, Roosevelt House Visiting Fellow and author of the recent book, "Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, From Eisenhower to the Tea Party." Kabaservice was joined by moderator Ed Rollins, Jr., Senior Advisor, Teneo Strategy; Senior Presidential Fellow, Hofstra University, Center for the Study of the American Presidency; and Senior Political Analyst, Fox News.

About the Book

In Rule and Ruin, Kabaservice reveals that the moderate Republicans' downfall began not with the rise of the Tea Party but about the time of President Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address. Even in the 1960s, when left-wing radicalism and right-wing backlash commanded headlines, Republican moderates and progressives formed a powerful movement, supporting pro-civil rights politicians like Nelson Rockefeller and William Scranton, battling big-government liberals and conservative extremists alike. But the Republican civil war ended with the overthrow of the moderate ideas, heroes, and causes that had comprised the core of the GOP since its formation. In hindsight, it is today's conservatives who are "Republicans in Name Only." In this insightful and elegantly argued book, Kabaservice contends that the decline of moderates has left Republicans less capable of governing responsibly, with dire consequences for all Americans.

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