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Invasion of the Party Snatchers: How the Holy-Rollers and the Neo-Cons Destroyed the GOP

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A book by Victor Gold

Starred Review.Make no mistake: author Gold, a former speechwriter for George H.W. Bush and aide to Barry Goldwater, is one disgusted Republican. The GOP of the 2006 midterm election, he writes, is "a party of pork-barrel ear-markers like Dennis Hastert, … see full wiki

Author: Victor Gold
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
1 review about Invasion of the Party Snatchers: How the...

A strong, personal call that deserves Republicans' attention

  • Aug 21, 2007
Somewhere in the last few years, Ronald Reagan's "eleventh commandment" --"Thou shalt not criticize another Republican" -- lost its moral force and we have seen quite a number of books by disaffected GOPers taking George W. Bush and the neocons to task. Amid the various analyses of libertarians versus "big government conservatives" ("The Elephant in the Room: Evangelicals, Libertarians and the Battle to Control the Republican Party" by Ryan Sager), old-line activists versus cronyist party hacks ("Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause" by Richard Vigurie), and the like, it's nice to get a book with a really personal angle, and some really personal anger, to it. "Invasion of the Party Snatchers" is not investigative reporting, wonkish budgetary number-crunching, or a philosophical take-down of Leo Strauss -- those other books have plenty of that and often do it well. That's exactly what made "Invasion of the Party Snatchers" a refreshing read.

Vic Gold has impeccable conservative credentials, and has earned the right to a respectful hearing from his philosophical soulmates and erstwhile party comrades. While "Invasion" sometimes felt *too* off-the-cuff for my taste and somewhat too quick to find in Barry Goldwater's example all the keys to recovering fundamental GOP principles, there's no doubting the strength of Gold's convictions or the power of his prose. It would be nice if young Republicans -- particularly Young Republicans -- would read this and discover you can express strong beliefs in strong language without coming off like Ann Coulter (hint: you don't want to come off like Ann Coulter). And even though Gold evidently found it necessary to use the obvious "I knew Barry Goldwater..." cliché, I appreciated his repeated reminders that John McCain is no Barry Goldwater.

Perhaps some morning (not, one hopes, too long in the future), the Republican Party will stumble out of bed, look at its stubbly face and bloodshot eyes in the bathroom mirror, and ask itself "Oh Lord, what was I thinking?" If and when that happens and the party gets back on the wagon, maybe it will take a moment to thank people like Vic Gold who tried to stage an intervention?

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