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In this clever, candid, and outstanding political memoir, Lincoln Chafee deals a behind-the-scenes examine the 1st six years of the Bush management from the vantage element of 1 of the few Republican moderates within the Senate.
while Senator Chafee (R-RI) went to Washington, he encountered a Republican social gathering drifting up to now to the suitable it now not stood for the mainstream ideas that united americans. in its place, less than the path of George W. Bush, the social gathering had fallen sufferer to extremism. within the face of this pattern, Chafee stood quick as probably the most liberal Republicans within the Senate, trying to minimize throughout partisan traces on the very time that they threatened to irrevocably divide the country.
A political iconoclast, Chafee was once the single Republican senator to have expressed aid for same-sex marriage; the single Republican to vote in want of reinstating the pinnacle federal tax fee on upper-income payers; the one Republican within the Senate to have voted opposed to authorization of using strength in Iraq; the one Republican to vote for the Levin-Reed modification calling for a nonbinding timetable for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq; and the one Republican to vote opposed to very best court docket nominee Samuel Alito. Chafee favorite elevated federal investment for future health care, supported affirmative motion and gun keep watch over, supported women's reproductive rights, and recommended federal investment for embryonic stem telephone examine. occasionally spoke of through conservatives as a RINO (Republican in identify Only), Chafee turns the tables at the correct and asks why it has enabled Bush Jr. to tug the GOP and the country clear of conventional rules of economic conservatism, appreciate for the environment, and aversion to international entanglements.
Unabashedly frank, Chafee's memoir recounts his political trip from small-town mayor to a voice crying from the congressional barren region. He deals a forward-looking evaluate of what comes subsequent for the Republican and Democratic events, and he additionally addresses the capability upward push of a 3rd social gathering in the void created by way of bipartisan extremism. most vital, Chafee sounds a take-heed call to his social gathering, and to all american citizens, by way of difficult our govt to try, as Abraham Lincoln as soon as articulated, "to bring up the situation of men."

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