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If the Republican Party is no longer the party of Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, small government, or fiscal restraint, then what is it? And what’s a self-respecting, less-government, fiscally conservative voter supposed to do?

In THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, New York Post and RealClearPolitics.com columnist Ryan Sager argues that the GOP has lost its way and that its wrong turn will cost it -- not just in conservative dreams deferred, but ultimately at the ballot box.

The problem -- the elephant in the room, if you will -- is the so-called “big-government conservatism” embraced by President Bush and the leaders of the GOP Congress. The conservative movement has long been a fusion of social conservatives and libertarian conservatives around a shared commitment to minimizing the power of Washington, D.C. But as the GOP has taken over the nation’s capital, it’s gone native -- and now all bets are off.

What’s more, as the nation’s population and electoral map shift South and West, the current Republican Party increasingly favors southern values (religion, morality, and tradition) over western ones (freedom, independence, and privacy). The result? The party is in danger of losing crucial ground in the interior West -- specifically in “leave-me-alone” states such as Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Montana.

In THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, you’ll learn for the first time:

  • Exactly how big-government conservatives are elbowing real conservatives out of the GOP.
  • What the big thinkers of the conservative movement, like Newt Gingrich, Former Majority Leader Dick Armey, and rising star Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) really think of the Republican Party’s current leadership
  • ... and how the Democrats are plotting to take back the West … and with it the White House
  • Provocative, and by turns funny and sobering, THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM traces the rocky and colorful path the Republican Party has taken to bring it to its present, precarious position, with the philosophy that: Anything goes so long as we stay.

    All hope is not lost, however, as Sager proposes a way out of the mangled mess. He calls it a renewal of fusionism, a better blend between liberty and tradition, between freedom and responsibility; one that emphasizes small government instead of Republican-controlled government, morality instead of moralism, and principles instead of politics.

    Prepare for a bracing, thought-provoking, and pointed wake-up call.


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