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The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism Read & Download Å 0 ï From MSNBC correspondent Steve Kornacki a lively and sweeping history of the birth of political tribalism in the 1990s—one that brings critical new understanding to our current political landscape fromOrting himself around the various factions of the Democratic party to win the presidency Gingrich employed a scorched earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House making him Speaker The ClintonGingrich battles were bare knuckled brawls that brought about massive policy shifts and high stakes showdowns their collisions had far reaching political conseuences But the ’90s were not just about them  Kornacki writes about Mario Cuomo’s stubborn presence around Clinton’s 1992. A nice little review of recent history and a story that for liberal Democrats like me is bittersweet at best and depressing at worst The decade of the 90s wasn't all that good for us and it ended in disaster in 2000 What the book makes clear and really a matter of personal clarity for me is that the politician who arguably had the most long lasting effect on American politics and culture from those times was Patrick J BuchananBuchanan was an also ran in 1988 1992 1996 and 2000 and yet his impact on our political culture was profound Consistently rebuked by the Republican Establishment as too radical Buchanan ran on cultural values in '88 and economic nationalism in '92 He was a Clinton hater in '96 and one might argue handed Florida to George W Bush in 2000 thanks to the Butterfly Ballot in Broward County Yet he than any other person helped shape Red political culture Indeed the 2000 election argues Kornacki was the race that finally gave rise to the whole notion of Red and Blue statesFast forward to 2016 Donald Trump's campaign wholly embraced Buchanan's philosophy and grabbed the extreme right wing arch conservative evangelical base first established by Pat in 1988 and 1992 This is than a bit ironic because in 1999 Trump lambasted Buchanan as extreme and outrageous p 410 Yet there can be no doubt of Buchanan's influence on Trump's recent campaign Buchanan called for an end to NAFTA imposition of protective tariffs restrictions on non white immigration and a Wall on our southern border curtailment of US forces abroad an America first foreign policy and glorification of America's European heritage When he lost races Buchanan claimed they were rigged by the party Establishment Right wingers loved it and Trump came to understand the power of angry voters even as the Republican Party was ignorant of it or simply intolerant of these challenges to conservative Republican orthodoxy Charges of racism followed both Buchanan and TrumpThe Republican Party may be called the party of Trump but it's really the party of Buchanan The party Establishment has been back benched and it is unclear to me how and when traditional conservative Republicans can regain control It's unlikely to be 2020 unless Trump is forced out of office Even then his base remains and will not tolerate the libertarianism that colored the party Old GuardAnother worry for me Even if Trump goes how do we purge the Russian agents that now permeate the Executive Branch Big worry

The Red and the Blue The 1990s and the Birth of Political TribalismOrting himself around the various factions of the Democratic party to win the presidency Gingrich employed a scorched earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House making him Speaker The ClintonGingrich battles were bare knuckled brawls that brought about massive policy shifts and high stakes showdowns their collisions had far reaching political conseuences But the ’90s were not just about them  Kornacki writes about Mario Cuomo’s stubborn presence around Clinton’s 1992. A nice little review of recent history and a story that for liberal Democrats like me is bittersweet at best and depressing at worst The decade of the 90s wasn't all that good for us and it ended in disaster in 2000 What the book makes clear and really a matter of personal clarity for me is that the politician who arguably had the most long lasting effect on American politics and culture from those times was Patrick J BuchananBuchanan was an also ran in 1988 1992 1996 and 2000 and yet his impact on our political culture was profound Consistently rebuked by the Republican Establishment as too radical Buchanan ran on cultural values in '88 and economic nationalism in '92 He was a Clinton hater in '96 and one might argue handed Florida to George W Bush in 2000 thanks to the Butterfly Ballot in Broward County Yet he than any other person helped shape Red political culture Indeed the 2000 election argues Kornacki was the race that finally gave rise to the whole notion of Red and Blue statesFast forward to 2016 Donald Trump's campaign wholly embraced Buchanan's philosophy and grabbed the extreme right wing arch conservative evangelical base first established by Pat in 1988 and 1992 This is than a bit ironic because in 1999 Trump lambasted Buchanan as extreme and outrageous p 410 Yet there can be no doubt of Buchanan's influence on Trump's recent campaign Buchanan called for an end to NAFTA imposition of protective tariffs restrictions on non white immigration and a Wall on our southern border curtailment of US forces abroad an America first foreign policy and glorification of America's European heritage When he lost races Buchanan claimed they were rigged by the party Establishment Right wingers loved it and Trump came to understand the power of angry voters even as the Republican Party was ignorant of it or simply intolerant of these challenges to conservative Republican orthodoxy Charges of racism followed both Buchanan and TrumpThe Republican Party may be called the party of Trump but it's really the party of Buchanan The party Establishment has been back benched and it is unclear to me how and when traditional conservative Republicans can regain control It's unlikely to be 2020 unless Trump is forced out of office Even then his base remains and will not tolerate the libertarianism that colored the party Old GuardAnother worry for me Even if Trump goes how do we purge the Russian agents that now permeate the Executive Branch Big worry

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The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism Ç From MSNBC correspondent Steve Kornacki a lively and sweeping history of the birth of political tribalism in the 1990s one that brings critical new understanding to our current political landscape from Clinton to TrumpIn The Red and the Blue cable news star and acclaimed journalist Steve Kornacki follows the twin paths of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich two larger than life politicians who exploited the weakened structure of their respective parties to attain the highest offices For Clinton that meant cont. I'm sort of getting sick of books that say they are about an idea but end up being just a play by play history of events without any analysis For a play by play this is a good one and it kept my interest until the end it's useful if you don't remember the 90s or haven't been reminded with other histories But there is no theorizing at all about the birth of political tribalism I actually don't agree at all that Newt Gingrich is the villain in the tribalism story I think it started much earlier during Goldwater and Nixon years Newt just changed tactics but the tribalism was a pre existing condition characters Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Steve Kornacki

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Steve Kornacki ´ 0 Read & Download Campaign; Hillary Clinton’s star turn during the 1998 midterms seeding the idea for her own candidacy; Ross Perot’s wild run in 1992 that inspired him to launch the Reform Party giving Donald Trump his first taste of electoral politics in 1999; and many others With novelistic prose and a clear sense of history Steve Kornacki masterfully weaves together the various elements of this rambunctious and hugely impactful era in American history whose effects set the stage for our current political landscape. The Red and the Blueby Steve Kornacki“When the 1990s began Democrats seemed incapable of winning the presidency just as Republicans were seen as a permanent minority party in Congress The collision of Bill Clinton the first Democratic president in a dozen years and a Gingrichized Republican opposition unleashed a series of convulsive events that gave new definition to both parties and compelled Americans to pick sides once and for all” Page 422I admit I’m a political Junkie You can have your NBA and NFL politics is my favorite spectator sport For a long time I have enjoyed watching politicians beat up each other accomplish nothing and call it governing Many of the events described in this book are examples I am well aware that it’s “We the People” who get screwed but I have enjoyed a good life with a good job and felt safe and secureThat is not the case any longer The polarization and divisiveness have gotten mean and nasty recently I have wondered when and how that happened This book is an attempt to explain that divideThe main characters in this book are Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton The author introduces these two and described some of the events leading up to the main act There is a brief description of George Bush the First and then deals with the 1992 electionPrior to that we are given a description of the combative brand of politics practiced by Gingrich He realizes the power of scandal to bring down some powerful people including the then Majority Leader Jim Wright In describing some of these takedowns the author observes “what Newt Gingrich did this week would have been unthinkable” in a previous era Page 112 Also Gingrich “demonstrated not just that scandal could be a mighty political weapon but that it could be manufactured and intensified by a determined political party” Page 250”The author also describes the rise of the Republican identification of the Christian Coalition and the NRABill Clinton is not spared in this account Following the Republican national landslide in the 1994 mid term elections Peter Jennings and Jeff Greenfield of ABC are uoted “This shift of historical proportions is taking place in a year when there’s no historically explainable reason — no war no scandal no recession” Greenfield said “It’s happening for reasons we can only speculate If you don’t mind an early one they don’t like Bill Clinton”“No kidding” Jennings replied” Page 284A lengthy section of the book deals with the Monica Lewinsky affair and the subseuent impeachment This is a timely segment but I don’t think it sheds much light on the current impeachment It is described as something the public did not approve but it was old news regarding Bill ClintonHillary Clinton is also dealt with here but she is mainly is a non factor Her “Bravery” in the face of the Lewinsky affair is described as admirable Her election as a Senator from New York is described but again as some political force in her own rightThe author also describes the petulance of Ross Perot and teases us with an account of Donald Trump toying with a run as a Reform Party presidential candidate in the 2000 election He also includes a brief account of the 2000 election but it doesn’t really add much to this storyThis is an extraordinary book for anyone interested in the politics of this time period; Well researched and in depth descriptions of the important events marking