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Invasion of the Party Snatchers: How the Holy‐​Rollers and the Neo‐​Cons Destroyed the GOP

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Featuring the author, Victor Gold.

Vic Gold was deputy press secretary for Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign, which launched the conservative revolution in the Republican Party. He went on to collaborate with President George H. W. Bush on his autobiography and to coauthor a satirical novel with Lynne Cheney. But today, he says, the Republican Party is run by people Barry Goldwater wouldn’t recognize‐​some of whom are identified in his polemical subtitle. His new book is a lively jeremiad against “a fiscally irresponsible, ever‐​expanding federal government,” a messianic foreign policy, a theocratic view of church and state, and a Republican Party that has accepted all those unconservative ideas. Join us to hear Vic Gold discuss the war for the soul of the GOP and the prospects for restoring its commitment to limited government and a constrained role for politics.