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Monday, March 20, 2006

Kevin Phillips explains himself

My previous post, about Kevin Phillips, author of 1969's Emerging Republican Majority focused on a review of his latest book-- in which he enumerates the danger the Bush Republicans pose to the future of the nation.

I'm pleased to have come across the first in a series of pieces he'll be writing for TPMCafe about his thinking on the issue. The second paragraph gives a pretty clear idea of what he thinks the Bush family has done to conservatism and the nation:

After George W. Bush narrowly won a second term in 2004, which meant four more years of Religious Right power, over-dependence on oil and over-involvement in the Middle East and the fattening of the debt albatross, I decided to shift my focus from the biases, failings and deceits of the Bush family, going back four generations, which had been my focus during 2004 in my book American Dynasty. The new book would concentrate on the three perils to the U.S. – all of which, however, were closely related to the re-orientation of the Republican party that occurred under the two Bushes. Here readers should keep in mind that from 1980 to 2004. Only one presidential election (1996) did not have a Bush on the ticket as the presidential or vice presidential nominee. Between 1988 and 2006, the two Bush presidents put a particular stamp on the GOP’s regionalism, religious pandering and fealty to oil and finance.