Against the Tide

Against the Tide

In this smart, candid, and surprising political memoir, Lincoln Chafee offers a behind-the-scenes look at the first six years of the Bush Administration from the vantage point of one of the few Republican moderates in the Senate.

Author: Lincoln Chafee

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429934428

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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In this smart, candid, and surprising political memoir, Lincoln Chafee offers a behind-the-scenes look at the first six years of the Bush Administration from the vantage point of one of the few Republican moderates in the Senate. When Senator Chafee (R-RI) went to Washington, he encountered a Republican Party drifting so far to the right it no longer stood for the mainstream principles that united Americans. Instead, under the direction of George W. Bush, the Party had fallen victim to extremism. In the face of this trend, Chafee stood fast as one of the most liberal Republicans in the Senate, seeking to cut across partisan lines at the very time that they threatened to irrevocably divide the nation. A political iconoclast, Chafee was the only Republican senator to have expressed support for same-sex marriage; the only Republican to vote in favor of reinstating the top federal tax rate on upper-income payers; the only Republican in the Senate to have voted against authorization of the use of force in Iraq; the only Republican to vote for the Levin-Reed amendment calling for a nonbinding timetable for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq; and the only Republican to vote against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. Chafee favored increased federal funding for health care, supported affirmative action and gun control, supported women's reproductive rights, and endorsed federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Sometimes referred to by conservatives as a RINO (Republican in Name Only), Chafee turns the tables on the right and asks why it has enabled Bush Jr. to pull the GOP and the nation away from traditional principles of fiscal conservatism, respect for our environment, and aversion to foreign entanglements. Unabashedly frank, Chafee's memoir recounts his political journey from small-town mayor to a voice crying from the congressional wilderness. He offers a forward-looking assessment of what comes next for the Republican and Democratic parties, and he also addresses the potential rise of a third party within the void created by bipartisan extremism. Most important, Chafee sounds a wake-up call to his Party, and to all Americans, by challenging our government to strive, as Abraham Lincoln once articulated, "to elevate the condition of men."
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Representational Style in Congress

Representational Style in Congress

Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President. New York: Thomas Dunne Books. Chafee, Sen. Lincoln. 2005a. “Sen. Chafee Announces $10 Million for T. F. Green Airport.” Press release, author's collection.

Author: Justin Grimmer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107026476

Category: Political Science

Page: 210

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This book demonstrates the consequences of legislators' strategic communication for representation in American politics. Representational Style in Congress shows how legislators present their work to cultivate constituent support. Using a massive new data set of texts from legislators and new statistical techniques to analyze the texts, this book provides comprehensive measures of what legislators say to constituents and explains why legislators adopt these styles. Using the new measures, Justin Grimmer shows how legislators affect how constituents evaluate their representatives and the consequences of strategic statements for political discourse. The introduction of new statistical techniques for political texts allows a more comprehensive and systematic analysis of what legislators say and why it matters than was previously possible. Using these new techniques, the book makes the compelling case that to understand political representation, we must understand what legislators say to constituents.
Categories: Political Science



Lincoln Chafee, Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President (New York: Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Press, 2008). Two days after the hideaway lunch: Letter from Lincoln Chafee to Richard Cheney, Dec.

Author: Barton Gellman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440629822

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

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The landmark exposé of the most powerful and secretive vice president in American history Barton Gellman shared the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for a keen-edged reckoning with Dick Cheney's domestic agenda in The Washington Post. In Angler, Gellman goes far beyond that series to take on the full scope of Cheney's work and its consequences, including his hidden role in the Bush administration's most fateful choices in war: shifting focus from al Qaeda to Iraq, unleashing the National Security Agency to spy at home, and promoting cruel and inhumane methods of interrogation. Packed with fresh insights and untold stories, Gellman parts the curtains of secrecy to show how the vice president operated and what he wrought. An inspiration for the film Vice, starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Steve Carrell.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Ambition and Division

Ambition and Division

Against the tide: How a compliant Congress empowered a reckless president. New York: Thomas Dunne. Chait, Jonathan. 2007. The big con: The true story of how Washington got hoodwinked and hijacked by crackpot economics.

Author: Steven Schier

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 9780822973652

Category: United States

Page: 342

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The presidency of George W. Bush is notable for the grand scale of its ambitions, the controversy that these ambitions generated, and the risks he regularly courted in the spheres of politics, economics, and foreign policy. Bush's ultimate goal was indeed ambitious: the completion of the conservative “regime change” first heralded by the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. But ironically this effort sewed the very discord that ultimately took root and emerged to frustrate Bush's plans, and may even have begun to unravel aspects of the Reagan revolution he sought to institutionalize. Politically, the Bush White House sought the entrenchment of consistent Republican electoral majorities. Institutionally, the Bush administration sought to preserve control of Congress by maintaining reliable partisan Republican majorities, and to influence the federal courts with a steady stream of conservative judicial appointees. The administration also sought increased autonomy over the executive branch by the aggressive use of executive orders and bureaucratic reorganizations in response to 9/11. Many of these efforts were at least partially successful. But ultimately the fate of the Bush presidency was tied to its greatest single gamble, the Iraq War. The flawed prosecution of that conflict, combined with other White House management failures and finally a slumping economy, left Bush and the Republican Party deeply unpopular and the victim of strong electoral reversals in 2006 and the election victory of Barack Obama in 2008. The American public had turned against the Bush agenda in great part because of the negative outcomes resulting from the administration's pursuit of that agenda. This book assembles prominent presidential scholars to measure the trajectory of Bush's aspirations, his accomplishments, and his failures. By examining presidential leadership, popular politics and policymaking in this context, the contributors begin the work of understanding the unique historical legacy of the Bush presidency.
Categories: United States

Dangerous Convictions

Dangerous Convictions

What's Really Wrong with the U.S. Congress Tom Allen ... The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy's View of History. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson ... Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President.

Author: Tom Allen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199931989

Category: Political Science

Page: 236

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Argues that the incompatible views of the Repubicans and Democrats have turned Congress into a dysfunctional body and the ideological differences may prove catastrophic to the country unless meaninful, bipartisan compromises can be reached.
Categories: Political Science



Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2008. Cheney, Dick. In My Time. New York: Threshold, 2011. Cheney, Mary. Now It's My Turn: A Daughter's Chronicle of Political Life ...

Author: Jean Edward Smith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781476741208

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 832

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"Presidential biographer Jean Edward Smith offers a ... biography of George W. Bush, showing how he ignored his advisors to make key decisions himself--most [famously] in invading Iraq--and how these decisions were often driven by the President's deep religious faith"
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Blood on Our Hands

Blood on Our Hands

increasing the threat level against the people of the United States.” Because the NIE was classified, ... Lincoln Chafee, Against the tide: how a compliant Congress empowered a reckless President, (New York: Thomas Dunne, 2008), 93.

Author: Nicolas J. S. Davies

Publisher: Nimble Books LLC

ISBN: 9781934840986

Category: History

Page: 440

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The invasion and occupation of Iraq wasn't just a tragic mistake. It was a crime. From the planning of aggression in 2002 through years of hostile military occupation, the United States systematically violated the United Nations Charter, the Geneva Conventions and virtually every principle of international law and order. America's crimes against the people of Iraq were shielded from public scrutiny by what senior U.S. military officers called the "quiet, disguised, media-free approach" developed in Central America in the 1980s. The echo chamber of the Western corporate media fleshed out the Pentagon's propaganda to create a virtual Iraq in the minds of the public, feeding a political discourse that bore no relation to the real war it was waging, the country it was destroying or the lives of its inhabitants. In an easily readable and flowing narrative, Nicolas Davies has carefully taken apart the wall of propaganda surrounding one of history's most significant military disasters and most serious international crimes: non-existent WMDs; the equally fictitious "centuries-old sectarian blood feud" in Iraq; and the secrecy of the dirty war waged by American-led death squads. Unlike other writers, Davies has firmly placed each aspect of the war within a coherent context of illegal aggression, hostile military occupation and popular resistance, to uncover the brutal reality of a war that has probably killed at least a million people. "A clear, intelligent and accurate description of how we are involved in aggression in Iraq. Congratulations!" - Benjamin B. Ferencz, former Chief Prosecutor, U.S. War Crimes Tribunal, Nuremberg. "If the Iraq occupation lasts another 50 years, it's doubtful a better account of it will be produced than this one." - David Swanson, Author of Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union.
Categories: History

Richard G Lugar Statesman of the Senate

Richard G  Lugar  Statesman of the Senate

Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President. New York: Thomas Dunne Books. Clymer, Adam. 1999. Edward M. Kennedy. New York: William Morrow. ———.2008. Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch: The Panama Canal ...

Author: John Shaw

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253001931

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 257

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Examines the life and career of senator Richard G. Lugar and discusses his influence on U.S. foreign policy.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Supreme Democracy

Supreme Democracy

Lincoln D. Chafee, Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President (New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2008), pp. 165–166. Jennifer Steinhauer, “Swing State Republican Senators Hold Firm against Nominee,” New York ...

Author: Richard Davis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190656980

Category: Law

Page: 272

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In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Supreme Court nominations were driven by presidents, senators, and some legal community elites. Many nominations were quick processes with little Senate deliberation, minimal publicity and almost no public involvement. Today, however, confirmation takes 81 days on average-Justice Antonin Scalia's former seat has already taken much longer to fill-and it is typically a media spectacle. How did the Supreme Court nomination process become so public and so nakedly political? What forces led to the current high-stakes status of the process? How could we implement reforms to improve the process? In Supreme Democracy: The End of Elitism in the Supreme Court Nominations, Richard Davis, an eminent scholar of American politics and the courts, traces the history of nominations from the early republic to the present. He examines the component parts of the nomination process one by one: the presidential nomination stage, the confirmation management process, the role of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the increasing involvement over time of interest groups, the news media, and public opinion. The most dramatic development, however, has been the democratization of politics. Davis delves into the constitutional underpinnings of the nomination process and its traditional form before describing a more democratic process that has emerged in the past half century. He details the struggle over image-making between supporters and opponents intended to influence the news media and public opinion. Most importantly, he provides a thorough examination of whether or not increasing democracy always produces better governance, and a better Court. Not only an authoritative analysis of the Supreme Court nomination process from the founding era to the present, Supreme Democracy will be an essential guide to all of the protracted nomination battles yet to come.
Categories: Law

Culture Wars in America A Documentary and Reference Guide

Culture Wars in America  A Documentary and Reference Guide

According to Chafee's book, ''Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President'' (Thomas Dunne), the Vice President-elect gave the new order of battle: ''We would seek confrontation on every front.

Author: Glenn H. Utter

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313350399

Category: Social Science

Page: 395

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This comprehensive documentary report on the cultural and political state of the union explores the flashpoints of the debate over American identity and values. • Document groups are arranged topically for easy reference • Each group of documents is preceded by a headnote and followed by analysis • The book includes a Reader's Guide to the Documents and a timeline of key events and milestones • Sidebars explore interesting and significant events related to the various broad topics • A trove of resources are listed for further research and exploration • An introductory, context-setting essay, "Definitions of the Culture Wars: Historical and Contemporary," provides background on the evolution of culture wars in the modern era
Categories: Social Science