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Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President

by Lincoln Chafee

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This was a bit of a "blast from the past" book, covering as it does Lincoln Chafee's term in the Senate, from late 1999 through his defeat in the 2006 elections. During that period I had an active political blog, and very frequently was either cheering Sen. Chafee on or excoriating him for knuckling under to pressure from the White House or the Republican Senate leadership on some issue or another. As (for much of that time) a person who considered myself a moderate-to-liberal Republican in the same vein as Chafee himself, I wanted him as a leader in the Senate, one of the sane guys who could stop the madness that I saw being pushed by the Bush administration and their Republican water-carriers in the House and Senate (and, I should add, a few Democratic water-carriers in the Senate too). So I only excoriated, when needed, because I cared, very deeply, and wanted a powerful, strong voice for centrism.

Chafee's book covers that period, and in many areas it makes for a truly fascinating inside look at the Bush administration's push for their radical agenda and their sometimes shocking departures from the promises and pledges made during the 2000 campaign (including on climate change, &c.). Chafee's account of the committee hearings on would-be UN Ambassador John Bolton brought me back, instantly, to those days in 2005, when I was riveted to the C-SPAN3 feed, crying out for Chafee to lead.

The prose here is somewhat workaday, but if you have any desire to relive some of those crazy days when it was John Bolton, Iraq, and the nuclear option being used by the GOP to block the Democrats from filibustering, you might consider giving this a read. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312383045, Hardcover)

In this smart, candid, and surprising political memoir, Lincoln Chafee offers a behind-the-scenes look at the first six years of the Bush Administration from the vantage point of one of the few Republican moderates in the Senate.
            When Senator Chafee (R-RI) went to Washington, he encountered a Republican Party drifting so far to the right it no longer stood for the mainstream principles that united Americans. Instead, under the direction of George W. Bush, the Party had fallen victim to extremism. In the face of this trend, Chafee stood fast as one of the most liberal Republicans in the Senate, seeking to cut across partisan lines at the very time that they threatened to irrevocably divide the nation. 
            A political iconoclast, Chafee was the only Republican senator to have expressed support for same-sex marriage; the only Republican to vote in favor of reinstating the top federal tax rate on upper-income payers; the only Republican in the Senate to have voted against authorization of the use of force in Iraq; the only Republican to vote for the Levin-Reed amendment calling for a nonbinding timetable for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq; and the only Republican to vote against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. Chafee favored increased federal funding for health care, supported affirmative action and gun control, supported women’s reproductive rights, and endorsed federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Sometimes referred to by conservatives as a RINO (Republican in Name Only), Chafee turns the tables on the right and asks why it has enabled Bush Jr. to pull the GOP and the nation away from traditional principles of fiscal conservatism, respect for our environment, and aversion to foreign entanglements.  
            Unabashedly frank, Chafee’s memoir recounts his political journey from small-town mayor to a voice crying from the congressional wilderness. He offers a forward-looking assessment of what comes next for the Republican and Democratic parties, and he also addresses the potential rise of a third party within the void created by bipartisan extremism. Most important, Chafee sounds a wake-up call to his Party, and to all Americans, by challenging our government to strive, as Abraham Lincoln once articulated, “to elevate the condition of men.”

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A behind-the-scenes look at the first six years of the Bush Administration from one of the few Republican moderates in the Senate. When Senator Chafee (R-RI) went to Washington, he encountered a Republican Party drifting so far to the right it no longer stood for the mainstream principles that united Americans. Instead, under George W. Bush, the Party had fallen victim to extremism. In the face of this trend, Chafee stood fast as one of the most liberal Republicans in the Senate, seeking to cut across partisan lines at the very time that they threatened to irrevocably divide the nation. Sometimes referred to by conservatives as a RINO (Republican in Name Only), Chafee turns the tables on the right and asks why it has enabled Bush Jr. to pull the GOP and the nation away from traditional principles of fiscal conservatism, respect for our environment, and aversion to foreign entanglements.--From publisher description.… (more)

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