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The Republican party is embroiled in a heated and high-stakes battle between its far-right and moderate wings-with conservatives declaring open warfare on the moderates who ask themselves "Whatever happened to the party of Lincoln?" Bearing profound implications not only for the future of the party but also for the future of American politics, this momentous battle will ra The Republican party is embroiled in a heated and high-stakes battle between its far-right and moderate wings-with conservatives declaring open warfare on the moderates who ask themselves "Whatever happened to the party of Lincoln?" Bearing profound implications not only for the future of the party but also for the future of American politics, this momentous battle will rage on no matter what the outcome of the presidential election. Christine Todd Whitman retired as a member of the Bush administration in June 2003, tired of the ideological battles in Washington and eager to return home to New Jersey. A lifelong and loyal Republican and a leader of the party's moderate wing, she is a passionate believer in the power of the "productive middle" in politics. In the tradition of Democratic Senator Zell Miller's national bestseller A National Party No More, which critiqued the Democratic party's move to the far left, in It's My Party Too she offers a passionate and revealing insider's argument against the hijacking of her party by zealous "social fundamentalists." Recounting many stories from the front lines of her own battles, both as a two-term New Jersey governor and on the hot seat as EPA administrator, she takes readers inside the tumultuous world of our politics today to reveal how a moderate approach can work wonders while that of extremists only leads to more division and fewer solutions. Relentlessly pushing their ideological stances on abortion rights, race relations, the environment, tax policy, and go-it-alone foreign policy, the conservative extremists are not only violating traditional Republican principles, she argues, but are also holding the party back from achieving a true majority. By playing so slavishly to the far-right base, running negative campaigns and marginalizing women, the party has forsaken the much broader base that propelled the "Reagan revolution" and has fueled the country's overheated polarization. Writing with the straight-talking and keenly intelligent candor that launched her onto the national stage-and made her such an inspiration to women all around the country-Christie Whitman sounds a rallying cry that will be vital reading for the millions of moderate voters who are fed up with the extremism of both parties. From one of the leading moderates in the Republican party-and one of its most powerful women-a thoughtful and provocative critique of the party's hard turn to the right and a call to arms for a return to its moderate roots.


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The Republican party is embroiled in a heated and high-stakes battle between its far-right and moderate wings-with conservatives declaring open warfare on the moderates who ask themselves "Whatever happened to the party of Lincoln?" Bearing profound implications not only for the future of the party but also for the future of American politics, this momentous battle will ra The Republican party is embroiled in a heated and high-stakes battle between its far-right and moderate wings-with conservatives declaring open warfare on the moderates who ask themselves "Whatever happened to the party of Lincoln?" Bearing profound implications not only for the future of the party but also for the future of American politics, this momentous battle will rage on no matter what the outcome of the presidential election. Christine Todd Whitman retired as a member of the Bush administration in June 2003, tired of the ideological battles in Washington and eager to return home to New Jersey. A lifelong and loyal Republican and a leader of the party's moderate wing, she is a passionate believer in the power of the "productive middle" in politics. In the tradition of Democratic Senator Zell Miller's national bestseller A National Party No More, which critiqued the Democratic party's move to the far left, in It's My Party Too she offers a passionate and revealing insider's argument against the hijacking of her party by zealous "social fundamentalists." Recounting many stories from the front lines of her own battles, both as a two-term New Jersey governor and on the hot seat as EPA administrator, she takes readers inside the tumultuous world of our politics today to reveal how a moderate approach can work wonders while that of extremists only leads to more division and fewer solutions. Relentlessly pushing their ideological stances on abortion rights, race relations, the environment, tax policy, and go-it-alone foreign policy, the conservative extremists are not only violating traditional Republican principles, she argues, but are also holding the party back from achieving a true majority. By playing so slavishly to the far-right base, running negative campaigns and marginalizing women, the party has forsaken the much broader base that propelled the "Reagan revolution" and has fueled the country's overheated polarization. Writing with the straight-talking and keenly intelligent candor that launched her onto the national stage-and made her such an inspiration to women all around the country-Christie Whitman sounds a rallying cry that will be vital reading for the millions of moderate voters who are fed up with the extremism of both parties. From one of the leading moderates in the Republican party-and one of its most powerful women-a thoughtful and provocative critique of the party's hard turn to the right and a call to arms for a return to its moderate roots.

30 review for It's My Party, Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steven Voorhees

    Through her passion and commitment, Governor Whitman, I've concluded, is determined to make the world a better place -- including the political world. A proud moderate, she's not letting ideological headwinds deter her. Her design for political living and for comity in that realm are the backbone of her memoir and blueprint for a stronger GOP. In her book, Mrs. Whitman heads a new mod squad and makes a very solid case for the role moderate Republicans can play in the party. Thanks to listening, Through her passion and commitment, Governor Whitman, I've concluded, is determined to make the world a better place -- including the political world. A proud moderate, she's not letting ideological headwinds deter her. Her design for political living and for comity in that realm are the backbone of her memoir and blueprint for a stronger GOP. In her book, Mrs. Whitman heads a new mod squad and makes a very solid case for the role moderate Republicans can play in the party. Thanks to listening, moderates aren't languishing. On the contrary, they're participating and constructively complaining about the obstinate shift to the far right the GOP has made over the past 50 years. In patient and clear prose, she outlines how the party (if it chooses to) can march back to the center and remain there. By doing this, the moderate rib in the GOP umbrella can return strength to its central stick. For if even one of the ribs is weakened, it affects the entire umbrella, resulting in the entire GOP getting rained on. The shining city on the hill that Ronald Reagan championed can't be shiny when it's raining. Within this political weather, I think it's fair to say the party left Mrs. Whitman. But she's not leaving the party. She's staying, tapping her persistence and experience to make the party of Lincoln a more substantive place for conversation and leadership. Such ardor can no doubt lead to a happier political sphere here in America.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I was really excited to read this, especially now, in the midst of the 2016 election. I read the first half of the book with moderate interest, and then um...well, to tell you the truth, I forgot that I was reading it. I found it in a pile on the floor a few weeks later and thought, "Oh, did I finish this? If I can't even remember, then it probably wasn't interesting enough to finish." Republicans are becoming divided, religious fundamentalists are taking over the party, if you have even the teen I was really excited to read this, especially now, in the midst of the 2016 election. I read the first half of the book with moderate interest, and then um...well, to tell you the truth, I forgot that I was reading it. I found it in a pile on the floor a few weeks later and thought, "Oh, did I finish this? If I can't even remember, then it probably wasn't interesting enough to finish." Republicans are becoming divided, religious fundamentalists are taking over the party, if you have even the teeniest, tiniest kernel of opinion that abortion isn't 100% the absolute worst thing ever in every situation you will be ostracized by the religious right and effectively kicked out of the Republican party, etc. etc. Again, we're in the middle of the 2016 election. Don't really need to read this; we're living it. It just wasn't written in an engaging enough style to keep me interested. Also maybe it's just too depressing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    I really enjoyed this book, and I think that reading it after the recent election provides an interesting context. It turns out Whitman started predicting the implosion of the GOP during her tenure with the EPA. I was interested to learn that she was not, in fact, a cog in the wheel of the Bush Administration at that time. In her book she defends her stance on environmentalism and describes several situations when she butted heads with Bush and Cheney over environmental regulations (before it wa I really enjoyed this book, and I think that reading it after the recent election provides an interesting context. It turns out Whitman started predicting the implosion of the GOP during her tenure with the EPA. I was interested to learn that she was not, in fact, a cog in the wheel of the Bush Administration at that time. In her book she defends her stance on environmentalism and describes several situations when she butted heads with Bush and Cheney over environmental regulations (before it was cool to say such things), and her eventual decision to leave the EPA. Overall I thought this book was informative and easy to read. Her perspective on the role of government in society was refreshingly reasonable - something I feel like I haven't heard from either side during my adult life. For you sticklers, though, there were a few typographical and grammatical errors, so consider yourselves warned.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    i read this last year for a poli-sci book report - we had to choose an auto-biography by any politician and then analyze their ideals and position in the political spectrum. i chose whitman because she is a moderate conservative who aligns herself with the republican party but still holds many liberal positions. her message throughout the book is that if the GOP wants to be successful ever again, they need to move more towards the center. this book was really wonderful for me because it made me i read this last year for a poli-sci book report - we had to choose an auto-biography by any politician and then analyze their ideals and position in the political spectrum. i chose whitman because she is a moderate conservative who aligns herself with the republican party but still holds many liberal positions. her message throughout the book is that if the GOP wants to be successful ever again, they need to move more towards the center. this book was really wonderful for me because it made me realize that the political parties do not have to be black and white - you can be a successful FEMALE politician and stay true to your individual convictions. never have my political opinions been given a better voice than with whitman.

  5. 4 out of 5

    William

    Of course the parties are becoming too extreme. But, is that really the fault of a few political leaders or is it due to the money of lobbyists who are taking control from the general public. I believe that Whitman's arguments are sound; not only for politics but for any group working together for a common goal. You must come together and compromise in order to get the best possible for the group. We cannot let power hungry players make the choices because they will end up moving the group to th Of course the parties are becoming too extreme. But, is that really the fault of a few political leaders or is it due to the money of lobbyists who are taking control from the general public. I believe that Whitman's arguments are sound; not only for politics but for any group working together for a common goal. You must come together and compromise in order to get the best possible for the group. We cannot let power hungry players make the choices because they will end up moving the group to the extreme. I also thought that Whitman had some interesting ideas on how to get more women and minorities into politics. We need to make sure that our government more closely represents the gender and race of America as a whole.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katey

    I read this at a time when I paid way too much attention to politics and lived outside Washington, DC, where I learned to hate the federal government and wish it to be as small and non-wasteful as possible. I thought a good fit was the GOP but could not and do not stand for the social conservatism that now dominates it. I like "moderates" like Whitman and enjoyed this book at the time. Now I pay very little attention to politics and I don't cuss quite as much. The TV remains unbroken as well.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Kerns

    Moderates are the key to either party's victory in any election, yet the two parties seem to be pulling farther and farther from this middle. The problem is that instead of these moderates working to become their own voting bloc, they either go "with the flow" or don't participate in the process at all. Enter Christine Todd Whitman. While she is certainly not the "girl next door," she does seem to be a common person and more in line with America's values. If the mainstream political parties woul Moderates are the key to either party's victory in any election, yet the two parties seem to be pulling farther and farther from this middle. The problem is that instead of these moderates working to become their own voting bloc, they either go "with the flow" or don't participate in the process at all. Enter Christine Todd Whitman. While she is certainly not the "girl next door," she does seem to be a common person and more in line with America's values. If the mainstream political parties would listen to half of her ideas, I think we would all be better off.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Njsideshowbob

    As the republican party seems to get more and more socially conservative, I was interesting to read the moderate republican's take on the state of the party. I'm not a republican, but could identify with Christie Whitman about the status of her party, where they were heading and where they were going. It's particularly interesting to read how the bush admin railroaded her tenure as head of the EPA.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    I finally finished this book. I admire Whitman for her stamina and her intelligence. She is certain that the Republican Party needs to become moderate once more. It was interesting to read her description of the differences and schism in the party, which may lead to it losing in the general election. She calls the "right", social fundalmentalists. Hmmmm. She is certainly a feminist, pro-choice and wanting to see more good women in politics. Who doesn't?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Well-written, and she is certainly a smart woman. However, I think this book got dated fast -- she keeps on talking about all the things that the Republicans are about to do that prove how great they are -- and that they have not yet done or show any intent to do. Come join the Dems, Christie, we're really not so bad!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Wish I'd read this a few years ago. Governor Whitman clearly articulates what I feel are the current problems facing both political parties, but particularly the Republican party, and this was written 7 years ago.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Holly Davis

    I found this book to be a great insight into the mind of a moderate Republican. Really enjoyed the historical context provided in regards to the Republican party, Goldwater Conservatives, Regan Conservatives, and the shift towards the Christian right.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emiliano Orencia

    Much respect for Christy who is one of those moderate Republicans that are sadly being forced from the party. She draws great insight without bitterness regarding the Bush administration and the current state of the GOP.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Hiatt

    I'm going to read this as part of my effort to figure out what the heck to call myself these days. "Independant" just doesn't cut it. I think a lot of people are wondering what happened to the Republican party, while still not feeling they are Democrats. Will post again when I've read it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chad Lamb

    Like Whitman, I think the Republican Party needs to shift directions from believing that abortion and gun control are our nation's primary concerns. She voices the complaints of many of her party members, I'm sure. Interesting and a much-needed contribution to the political dialogue.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joan Sharp

    The history of the republican party

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brenden

    It's My Party, Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America by Christine Todd Whitman (2005)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sam Snideman

    Being a moderate Republican, it was refreshing to read something like this. I'm not on board with the Governor on a lot of things, but I do appreciate her perspective.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cb

    ...I even got an autographed copy ...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tania

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Williams

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adam

  23. 4 out of 5

    D. R.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Connie Roop

  25. 5 out of 5

    victor harris

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bob Congdon

  27. 5 out of 5

    Paulv.g.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dave Hills

  29. 5 out of 5

    Casey Pick

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gilbert G. Campbell

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