Joe Scarborough—former Republican congressman and the always
insightful host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe—takes a nuanced and surprising look at
the unexpected rise and self-inflicted fall of the Republican Party. Dominant
in national politics for forty years under the influence of the conservative
but pragmatic leadership of Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, the GOP,
Scarborough argues, is in an ideologically driven eclipse. The only way forward
is to recover the principled realism of the giants who led the party to
In the aftermath of Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 landslide, the
Republican Party appeared to be on the verge of permanent irrelevance. LBJ’s
Great Society was institutionalizing sweeping liberal reforms, and the United
States had a thriving, prosperous economy. Yet in an instant everything
changed, and the next four decades would witness an unprecedented era of
Republican ascendancy. What happened?
In The Right Path,
Joe Scarborough looks back in time to discern how Republicans once dominated
American public life. From Eisenhower’s refusal to let “the perfect be the
enemy of the good” to Reagan’s charismatic but resolutely practical genius,
Scarborough shows how principled pragmatism, combined with a commitment to core
conservative values, led to victory after victory.
Now, however, ideological extremism is threatening to turn a
once-mighty party into a permanent minority.
Opening with the passage of the Voting Rights Act in
1965—the high-water moment for liberalism—and ending with the national
disillusionment that set in after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, The Right Path effortlessly blends
American political history with astute analysis and pithy, no-holds-barred
commentary. Both a bracing call to arms and a commonsense history, The Right Path provides an illuminating
look at conservatism and its discontents—and why the GOP must regain its former
tone and tradition if it hopes to survive. Download and start listening now!