Here’s a little secret about the GOPLifer blog. For almost seven years, you folks have been helping me write a book. Now it’s available as an ebook from Amazon at this location, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X1EM3AW. Since you helped write it, you’ll have a chance to get a copy for free.
Back in 2008 I worked as hard as I could in my precinct and on the phone to get John McCain elected President. For years, back in Texas and in Chicago, I had watched the rise of a certain brand white racial identity politics in the GOP with growing concern. By putting McCain in the White House I felt we had an opportunity to live under experienced, capable leadership at the national level, but we would also get something more.
Senator McCain had demonstrated a willingness to stand up to the crazies inside the GOP. If he won we might have had an opportunity to right the Republican ship, restoring competent, rational people to positions of authority in the party infrastructure. If he lost, the door would be open for characters like Sarah Palin, his greatest mistake, to become the face and brain of the party.
You know what happened.
McCain’s loss marked the last near-term opportunity for people like me to exercise much, if any, direct influence on the party. There was nothing left to do but write about the situation. In the course of recording my thoughts I hoped I might discover some insights about the forces that spawned such a tsunami of insanity. The book is the result of that long effort.
The Politics of Crazy: How America Lost Its Mind and What We Can Do About It lays out those insights and describes a few simple, common-sense strategies that might restore some sanity to our system. Starting next week from June 15-19th, the ebook will be available as a free download.
If you enjoy the blog and you like the book there are a few things you could do to offer support.
– Post a review at Amazon.
– Tell someone about the book. Maybe even tell two people, or three, or more!
– Post about the book on Facebook, and perhaps like the Facebook page for this blog at Building a Better GOP.
– Follow the book’s Twitter feed @PoliticsOfCrazy or post about it using #politicsofcrazy.
– Follow my author page on Amazon for more updates.
I’m excited about the book and I look forward to your feedback. Over the next two weeks I’ll be posting excerpts from the book to the blog. Next week I’ll write about it at the Chronicle also.
I have to take this opportunity to thank the many of you helped polish this work through years of reading and comments. There are almost a dozen people who have been following and commenting on this blog since before it was featured on the Chronicle. The first person ever to post a comment on the blog at the Chronicle, who posts under “Turtles Run,” is still active here. Thank you all for your support and criticism over the years. The two go hand in hand and have helped shape this effort.