The Party Is Over by Mike Lofgren
How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted

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Lofgren has crafted an angry but clear-sighted argument that may not sit well at family reunions or dinner parties, but deserves attention.
-Publishers Weekly

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The New York Times bestselling exposé of what passes for business as usual in Washington today

Look out for The Deep State coming from Viking on January 5, 2016

There was a time, not so very long ago, when perfectly rational people ran the Republican Party. So how did the party of Lincoln become the party of lunatics? That is what this book aims to answer. Fear not, the Dems come in for their share of tough talk— they are zombies, a party of the living dead.

Mike Lofgren came to Washington in the early eighties—those halcyon, post–Nixonian glory days—for what he imagined would be a short stint on Capitol Hill. He has witnessed quite a few low points in his twenty-eight years on the Hill—but none quite so pitiful as the antics of the current crop of legislators whom we appear to have elected.

Based on the explosive article Lofgren wrote when he resigned in disgust after the debt ceiling crisis, The Party Is Over is a funny and impassioned exposé of everything that is wrong with Washington. Obama and his tired cohorts are no angels but they have nothing on the Republicans, whose wily strategists are bankrupting the country one craven vote at a time. Be prepared for some fireworks.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Mike Lofgren

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MIKE LOFGREN spent twenty-eight years working in Congress, the last sixteen as a senior analyst on the House and Senate Budget committees, which gave him ringside seats on TARP, Hurricane Katrina disaster relief, debates on the Pentagon budget and the amazing antics of various deficit–reduction commissions. He holds two degrees in history and received a Fulbright scholarship. He lives in Washington, D.C.
 
Published August 2, 2012 by Penguin Books. 240 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jun 11 2012

Lofgren has crafted an angry but clear-sighted argument that may not sit well at family reunions or dinner parties, but deserves attention.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Liana Giorgi on Aug 02 2012

The Party Is Over reiterates the familiar arguments about the pitfalls and dangers of partisanship...But this is basically an angry book—and political anger is not as constructive as its author likes to think.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Excellent
Reviewed by Robyn Blumner on Aug 20 2012

...an engrossing autopsy of current political reality — where one party looks like a freak show and the other barely registers a pulse.

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PolicyMic

Below average
Reviewed by William Garcia

...if Lofgren’s intention was to instill some sort of motivation to fix the system, one could easily walk away from this book having surmised quite the opposite.

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Washington Monthly

Excellent
Reviewed by Steve Benen on Sep 04 2011

...voters can choose between a center-left party and a center-right party...It’s past time for the mainstream to realize this is simply no longer true. Those who have any doubts should apparently talk to Mike Lofgren.

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