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  1. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    The Impostors How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics By: Steve Benen Narrated by: Ron Butler This book goes back decades and describes the changes the Republican party went through up to today. It is obvious the Republican party has changed over the years but other being more callous, it is really hard to really but a finger on it until someone like Mr Benen comes along and points it out with facts and dates. Then it is like, snap, "That's it!" Easy to understand and follow. Take The Impostors How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics By: Steve Benen Narrated by: Ron Butler This book goes back decades and describes the changes the Republican party went through up to today. It is obvious the Republican party has changed over the years but other being more callous, it is really hard to really but a finger on it until someone like Mr Benen comes along and points it out with facts and dates. Then it is like, snap, "That's it!" Easy to understand and follow. Takes the trip down memory lane from before even my time and points out the deterioration of the party to DO any constructive work. Then it gets to tRump's time in office and it changes to just insanity! There is nothing like this in the past! Still no policies or constructive work but plenty of trying to break the norms and the laws. Chaos! This should be read not just by democrats but by republicans too so they can see how their party has been hijacked by extreme laziness and manipulators. Great book! Wonderful narration!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Annelies

    There is nothing substantively new as far as facts go, but by putting them all in a row it explains why the last few years have felt like eons, with unnecessary crisis stacked upon unnecessary crisis. What I did not realize is that the gentle people on that side of the aisle have been working with a nihilistic agenda for a long time. That is, I knew it, but it did not fully register. Pet peeve, it suffers from repetitive phrases which annoys me. The words "post policy" appear 117, times, and whi There is nothing substantively new as far as facts go, but by putting them all in a row it explains why the last few years have felt like eons, with unnecessary crisis stacked upon unnecessary crisis. What I did not realize is that the gentle people on that side of the aisle have been working with a nihilistic agenda for a long time. That is, I knew it, but it did not fully register. Pet peeve, it suffers from repetitive phrases which annoys me. The words "post policy" appear 117, times, and while it is an accurate description, I think I would have gotten that part, say, after 50 times.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Benen, Steve. The Imposters: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics. William Morrow, 2020. The Imposters is not an insider exposé or a probing piece of investigative reporting, but it is a well-researched example of open-source reporting. If you have pretensions as a blogger, you could do worse than use it as a model. Benen’s thesis is clear: Republicans have abandoned their philosophical core of free-market economics, limited government, balanced budgets, social conservatism Benen, Steve. The Imposters: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics. William Morrow, 2020. The Imposters is not an insider exposé or a probing piece of investigative reporting, but it is a well-researched example of open-source reporting. If you have pretensions as a blogger, you could do worse than use it as a model. Benen’s thesis is clear: Republicans have abandoned their philosophical core of free-market economics, limited government, balanced budgets, social conservatism, and strong defense. They have given up law-making for unending electioneering. In doing so, they have become a “post-policy party” unable to turn ideas into effective legislation. Benen offers many examples, the best of which is Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell’s inability to craft a replacement for the hated Affordable Care Act after 2012. Donald Trump, who neither knows nor cares anything about policy, is the ultimate expression of this long-term trend in Republican politics. Benen suggests that we would all be better off if the Republican Party returned to its traditional positions and relearned the art of compromise. He says that there is no hope that this will occur until and unless Republican voters insist it be so. My own opinion: fat chance.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paulatics

    This book is brilliant, both in its simplicity and its deep research. The Republican Party is not a governing party. It hasn't been in decades. They have no public policy goals. They do not stand for anything. They do not care about the American people; not the public health, not the public welfare, not the public good. They only care about petty, partisan politics and their only motivation is raw power. Everything they say and do ignores research, data, reality, history, statistics, and evidenc This book is brilliant, both in its simplicity and its deep research. The Republican Party is not a governing party. It hasn't been in decades. They have no public policy goals. They do not stand for anything. They do not care about the American people; not the public health, not the public welfare, not the public good. They only care about petty, partisan politics and their only motivation is raw power. Everything they say and do ignores research, data, reality, history, statistics, and evidence. The Republican Party has brought the United States of America to the precipice of losing our democracy and our basic human decency and core. Everyone should read this book and vote Democratic up and down the ballot in November 2020.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zora

    It's a new take on what we've seen happen the past 12 years, and I think I understand it better for reading this book, but it got repetitive enough that I can't give it five stars. "Here, they did it again in this case." Yeah, they did. They block better public servants from passing helpful laws, and they govern for a tiny percentage of their donors only, and that not often, and they don't even understand laws. No GOP rep or senator has written a law himself in decades. They do spend some time c It's a new take on what we've seen happen the past 12 years, and I think I understand it better for reading this book, but it got repetitive enough that I can't give it five stars. "Here, they did it again in this case." Yeah, they did. They block better public servants from passing helpful laws, and they govern for a tiny percentage of their donors only, and that not often, and they don't even understand laws. No GOP rep or senator has written a law himself in decades. They do spend some time crafting propaganda and tweets and repeating those slogans to right wing media fans, which isn't governance or anything like governance. I've spent this year studying Andrew Cuomo's 10 years in the Governor's mansion in NY, and what he accomplished, and putting his politics aside, and whether you think Cuomo is "too liberal" or "too conservative" (both are said of him), what the GOP does is the polar opposite to what Cuomo has done in NY: created a functional government, where people of all parties cooperate to pass sweeping legislative reforms, made sluggish bureaucracies perform better, lowered taxes, balanced the budget, created more jobs, brought back failing cities to life, built infrastructure, eliminated a lot of corruption and dealt well with a shocking number of emergencies, from hurricanes to pandemics. Calling him and your typical GOP senator in DC both "politicians" is like calling both a potato and a lump of gneiss "good side dishes that are oblong." It probably was a star better for me because I was reading about how fascism happens at the same time, and in fact this is very much in the fascist playbook. It's not a new thing, or a GOP only thing. All kinds of fascist parties have done this in history. This is just another evil group tearing down a nation while spouting propaganda that appeals to the worst instincts of the stupidest citizens.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ella

    No surprises here. Just a very recent history of the GOP's refusal to govern or legislate. Frankly, a couple of interviews had made this sound like it held deep truths, and it may. But those truths are completely self-evident to anyone who has been watching. It wasn't worth the time/effort to read it. I wish there had been more in the way of how the GOP got to the current position. I don't believe it all started in 2008. I believe what we're seeing now - the complete abdication of anything beyon No surprises here. Just a very recent history of the GOP's refusal to govern or legislate. Frankly, a couple of interviews had made this sound like it held deep truths, and it may. But those truths are completely self-evident to anyone who has been watching. It wasn't worth the time/effort to read it. I wish there had been more in the way of how the GOP got to the current position. I don't believe it all started in 2008. I believe what we're seeing now - the complete abdication of anything beyond "owning the libs" - has much deeper historical roots.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    You know the broad outlines, but may not be aware of just how Republicans have become a “post-policy party” that has effectively quit any attempt at actually governing. They seem unable or unwilling to come up with policy-driven legislation. They stall legislation passed to them by the House, even if it is reflective of earlier policies they have advocated for. A well-written and engaging book presenting sufficient evidence to convince all but the most willfully ignorant,

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Sepulveda

    A very good analysis of the Republican Party particularly during Obama and Trump Presidencies. The book describes how devoid of ideas and any policy substance the Republicans are. The author breaks down major issues such as climate change, immigration, economy, debt and deficits, gun control, and shows Republicans’ complete unwillingness to develop and negotiate policy. He shows how they just refused to work with Obama and then Trump, all bluster and bravado and no substance, takes post policy t A very good analysis of the Republican Party particularly during Obama and Trump Presidencies. The book describes how devoid of ideas and any policy substance the Republicans are. The author breaks down major issues such as climate change, immigration, economy, debt and deficits, gun control, and shows Republicans’ complete unwillingness to develop and negotiate policy. He shows how they just refused to work with Obama and then Trump, all bluster and bravado and no substance, takes post policy to another level. Very frustrating to read but also important to understand that we need to vote out those who refuse to govern properly.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    I read this book in my ongoing quest to understand the current political situation in the United States. Benen says politics has evolved since 2008 to where the Republicans are now post-policy. They no longer care about evaluating evidence and then developing policy. He describes the post-policy thinking, “...what works, even during a crisis, is far less important than what's ideologically satisfying.” (Loc 541/7830) That means they'll vote for whatever promotes reelection rather than what is bes I read this book in my ongoing quest to understand the current political situation in the United States. Benen says politics has evolved since 2008 to where the Republicans are now post-policy. They no longer care about evaluating evidence and then developing policy. He describes the post-policy thinking, “...what works, even during a crisis, is far less important than what's ideologically satisfying.” (Loc 541/7830) That means they'll vote for whatever promotes reelection rather than what is best for the American people. Several examples are given where Republicans voted for a proposal when originated by a Republican but opposed essentially the same proposal when proposed by Democrats. Such was the case with the budget. During the Bush era, Republicans added trillions to the debt. During the Obama administration, “reducing the deficits they'd created was the only goal that mattered.” (Loc 4745/7830) With a Republican administration currently in power, we see the deficit again becoming larger. One of the most telling events Benen recounts is one where Gingrich was discussing crime with a CNN host. Presented with statistics showing crime declining during the Obama administration, Gingrich said he would rather go with what people felt. Benen comments that false perceptions were more relevant than facts and reason. Statistics, Benen says, “are no match for what unprincipled politicians can get people to believe.” (Loc 5354/7830) The Republican Party can become a governing entity again, Benen argues. It would require hiring policy staff, respecting intellectual arguments and statistical data, and becoming more invested in actual governing. The book is very readable, even to this political novice. With many such insights, Benen has helped me understand the current political situation. I recommend this book to those who would like to understand how we Americans have come to the political situation we are in. Yes, the author particularly aims his critique at the Republican Party. Nonetheless, this book certainly shows how those governing today are failing our public interest. Food for thought: “An approach to governance that rejects the value of independent evidence will inevitably fall.” (Loc 5687/7830) I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Bair

    Nothing new here (if you've been paying attention, at least); but a fascinating chronology of a party that cares about power for power's sake alone, and is completely disinterested in governing. In fact, that apparently sees no reason for things to be otherwise. Benen makes his case with history and facts, while demonstrating how the fact-averse reject both. Recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anne Marie

    The entire thesis that the Republican Party is a post-policy party truly unlocks the understanding every time they spout nonsense, lie, they ignore statistics, or they change the subject—there is no there there. They have no standards, no goals, no policy, and no means or desire to carry them out, even if they could. Thank you to Steve Benen, I no feel like the a Republican whisperer, when I hear the interviews that don’t make sense, I just say, yes, that is a prime example of post-policy non-go The entire thesis that the Republican Party is a post-policy party truly unlocks the understanding every time they spout nonsense, lie, they ignore statistics, or they change the subject—there is no there there. They have no standards, no goals, no policy, and no means or desire to carry them out, even if they could. Thank you to Steve Benen, I no feel like the a Republican whisperer, when I hear the interviews that don’t make sense, I just say, yes, that is a prime example of post-policy non-governance. Vote on November 3 to send them all home. We deserve people who are interested in doing the job they are paid to do.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trevor Garland

    The plight of Post-Policy politics is Trumpery Why does Donald Trump achieve such Republican loyalty? According to Steve Benen it is because Trump's showboating is a perfect cover for a party that prefers being there to doing something. It is a persuasive argument which, according to Bennen, will fall on deaf ears in the GOP because the GOP has lost its conservative roots. Republicans want to be the government but have no investment in ambition or expertise of governing. The policy wonks have bee The plight of Post-Policy politics is Trumpery Why does Donald Trump achieve such Republican loyalty? According to Steve Benen it is because Trump's showboating is a perfect cover for a party that prefers being there to doing something. It is a persuasive argument which, according to Bennen, will fall on deaf ears in the GOP because the GOP has lost its conservative roots. Republicans want to be the government but have no investment in ambition or expertise of governing. The policy wonks have been replaced by public relations talking points.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    An excellent book on the trouble with no policy or meaning goals by the Republican Party. It also has many incidents I am likely to use in my own work. The Trump strategy on anything will always be only something he can see, won't it? He is the sixth ray of consciousness which can easily make stuff up. The reality of the USA is mostly the second ray of consciousness reality and culture that the second ray of consciousness has created. It does not want to always make stuff up. Unencumbered by inc An excellent book on the trouble with no policy or meaning goals by the Republican Party. It also has many incidents I am likely to use in my own work. The Trump strategy on anything will always be only something he can see, won't it? He is the sixth ray of consciousness which can easily make stuff up. The reality of the USA is mostly the second ray of consciousness reality and culture that the second ray of consciousness has created. It does not want to always make stuff up. Unencumbered by incumbency, Trump was free to make stuff up in 2016. That worked for the first campaign. The Coronavirus is real and does not bend with the "make stuff up" strategy of Trump. He will fail since he now has a four year record while fighting the virus that can not follow his will like the Republican Party does. Thanks Steve!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Russ

    Great book which shows how, over the last couple decades, the GOP has lost the ability to effectively legislate. Having spent their political capital on anger and buzzwords they no longer are able to put together effective legislation and work in a bipartisan manner to follow through on any policy, indeed they essentially are no longer able to formulate policy and have thus become a "post policy" party. While spending the last 10-20 years trying to undo or sabotage any meaningful legislation form Great book which shows how, over the last couple decades, the GOP has lost the ability to effectively legislate. Having spent their political capital on anger and buzzwords they no longer are able to put together effective legislation and work in a bipartisan manner to follow through on any policy, indeed they essentially are no longer able to formulate policy and have thus become a "post policy" party. While spending the last 10-20 years trying to undo or sabotage any meaningful legislation formulated by the opposition, the only logical thing for the leaderless GOP to do was designate an ineffective, incapable and weak person to march at the head of a party that didn't know where it was going or even where to go. Donald Trump, fitting those requirements to a tee, happened to be in the right place at the right time. Steve Benen documents, in detail, the foibles of this reincarnated version of the GOP led by Trump and how they have lost the ability to govern and are at the point of being a real danger to the country.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brea Black

    I have to admit I have been more focused on politics over the past 5 years than ever before. I wish I would have paid more attention but hindsight is 20/20 and all that. Steve Benen looks back over the past decade and shows how the GOP went from a governing party to an "electoral and ideological party." It is infuriating to read about the schemes, tricks and media stunts the Republican party has pulled to put off legislation they didn't bother to under before knowing they were opposed strictly b I have to admit I have been more focused on politics over the past 5 years than ever before. I wish I would have paid more attention but hindsight is 20/20 and all that. Steve Benen looks back over the past decade and shows how the GOP went from a governing party to an "electoral and ideological party." It is infuriating to read about the schemes, tricks and media stunts the Republican party has pulled to put off legislation they didn't bother to under before knowing they were opposed strictly because it was put forward by Obama or other Democrats. It makes (almost) too much sense how we ended up with a carnival barker/reality TV star as a poorly prepared, complete unqualified, dictator groupie as a president. More than Trump this is about our broken government and the parties running it. Of course anyone on Maddow's team would have new and thought provoking insight!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen Burkey

    This book explains so much! In easy-to-read language, the author takes us through each element of the the political landscape and the presidency through the last 20 or so years. He illustrates the changes in the way the Republican party governs, or, as in more recent years, fails to govern in what he calls a post-policy fashion. This is the only view I've seen that makes things make sense and gives me hope for the future.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Benen, Steve. The Imposters: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics. William Morrow, 2020. The Imposters is not an insider exposé or a probing piece of investigative reporting, but it is a well-researched example of open-source reporting. If you have pretensions as a blogger, you could do worse than use it as a model. Benen’s thesis is clear: Republicans have abandoned their philosophical core of free-market economics, limited government, balanced budgets, social conservatism Benen, Steve. The Imposters: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics. William Morrow, 2020. The Imposters is not an insider exposé or a probing piece of investigative reporting, but it is a well-researched example of open-source reporting. If you have pretensions as a blogger, you could do worse than use it as a model. Benen’s thesis is clear: Republicans have abandoned their philosophical core of free-market economics, limited government, balanced budgets, social conservatism, and strong defense. They have given up law-making for unending electioneering. In doing so, they have become a “post-policy party” unable to turn ideas into effective legislation. Benen offers many examples, the best of which is Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell’s inability to craft a replacement for the hated Affordable Care Act after 2012. Donald Trump, who neither knows nor cares anything about policy, is the ultimate expression of this long-term trend in Republican politics. Benen suggests that we would all be better off if the Republican Party returned to its traditional positions and relearned the art of compromise. He says that there is no hope that this will occur until and unless Republican voters insist it be so. My own opinion: fat chance.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Sawyer

    The book is clearly and entertainingly written. It is impressively researched and documented. It’s central thesis is stunning: The GOP over the past 2-3 decades has given up on governing, and is interested only in gaining or maintaining electoral advantage. The GOP’s lack of interest in governing persists even when they control both the White House and the legislature, having abandoned any process to shape a legislative or policy agenda. Obstruction of anything tainted by any whiff of Democratic The book is clearly and entertainingly written. It is impressively researched and documented. It’s central thesis is stunning: The GOP over the past 2-3 decades has given up on governing, and is interested only in gaining or maintaining electoral advantage. The GOP’s lack of interest in governing persists even when they control both the White House and the legislature, having abandoned any process to shape a legislative or policy agenda. Obstruction of anything tainted by any whiff of Democratic support, bumper-sticker slogans, distortions, disinformation and outright lies have increasingly become the central activity of the Republican Party. Benen refers to this as the GOP having become a “post-policy” Party. Benen lays out the evidence for this shift in great detail. This is done through a series of chapters each focusing on a specific policy area - e.g. immigration, health care, fiscal policy. Each chapter lays out exhaustive examples of “post-policy” actions, statements and positions divorced from any coherent policy agenda and oblivious to data or evidence. While I commend the book for the analysis it offers and the examples that underpin that analysis, my recommendation of this book comes with significant qualifications. If you are a highly engaged citizen, one who follows the workings of our government very closely, particularly if you’re old enough to have been observing the Republican Party for the last two or three decades, I think you will find the book to be a bit of a slog after the first couple of chapters. You have seen all of this already. None of the episodes described are new or surprising. While it is indeed a bit shocking to see all of this laid out in such detail, in one big pile, in the end it’s old news. In addition, the inclusion in each chapter of an enumeration of the actions and behavior of Donald Trump seems to be covering a lot of ground with which we are all too familiar. For example, chapter 7 - on immigration - opens with some examples of a GOP preference for right-wing sound bites and obstruction of any potential resolution that was tainted by perceived Democratic support, but then veers off into an enumeration of Trump’s post-policy administration. While Trump is the zenith (nadir?) of GOP disinterest in governance, there is already a wealth of writings (and daily news coverage) that expose this. While it would be a ridiculous oversight to not illustrate how Trump fits right into the author’s thesis with regard to the Republican Party, a few pointed examples would have been sufficient. For those more inclined to perceive political and public policy matters as “background noise” to their lives, this book could indeed be an important aid to understanding why our governments have been so dysfunctional for so long. The question is, would someone who is not an armchair policy wonk be inclined to read this book? For me, other than possibly being too wonky to appreciate this book, there was one disappointment. Benen richly describes a GOP that has been transformed from a party formulating sound public policy supported by subject-matter expert staffers and conservative think-tanks, to a right-wing caricature without consistent unifying principles other than obstruction of any serious public-interest initiatives. That said, it seems Benen could have gone more into the dynamics of this transformation. Many are making the point that Trump didn’t take over the party; he is the realization of all that the party has become. Benen’s work here supports that view. But he observes “It’s not enough to conclude that politics in the United States is badly broken; if the system is going to recover, it is necessary to understand why.” Unfortunately his book is a well researched and meticulously documented look at HOW Republicans have broken the system, but little about WHY! If the Republican Party was on a road that led to someone like Trump, what put the GOP on that road? How did the GOP evolve from a party that was serious about governing to the governing irrelevancy it has become? Just as we have all been ill-equipped to deal with an administration who “governs” via lies and corruption, it could be that the public and the news media still haven’t adapted to this shift in focus for the GOP, and erroneously interpret the actions and pronouncements of its leaders (despite the evidence) as “good faith” attempts to govern? Has this led the GOP to the conclusion that bringing policy positions into a political fight is a losing proposition, and thus there have been no consequences, no reckoning for this behavior? I have been much inclined to describe the Democratic Party as only having the skills to govern, and the Republican Party only skilled in winning elections. Does this explain why seemingly every Republican holding elective office has signed onto the post-policy game? I would recommend anyone to at minimum read the first & last chapters. Also, if you are engaged in work that can be aided by evidence of GOP stupidity and incompetence, Benen has placed a treasure trove of information and examples into your hands with this book!! Benen has done a remarkable job here, but I’m concerned that the lack of any analysis of what led to the GOP’s wholesale abandonment of policy formulation, and the uncertainty as to the audience for this book are likely to limit the book’s impact.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    “In one especially shameless instance, GOP lawmakers demanded that the Democratic White House endorse legislation to create a bipartisan commission on deficit reduction. When Obama did exactly what they requested, Republicans quickly killed the bill. In fact, six GOP senators who cosponsored the legislation ended up voting against their own proposal.” Unless you live under a rock the writing is on the wall and speaks for itself. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink, nor can y “In one especially shameless instance, GOP lawmakers demanded that the Democratic White House endorse legislation to create a bipartisan commission on deficit reduction. When Obama did exactly what they requested, Republicans quickly killed the bill. In fact, six GOP senators who cosponsored the legislation ended up voting against their own proposal.” Unless you live under a rock the writing is on the wall and speaks for itself. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink, nor can you proclaim victory without one single accomplishment. The GOP has literally refused to govern, legislate, or even pull their own heads out of their arses and stop enabling this individual. As a survivor of this personality trait disorder known as malignant narcissism -I can attest to the deliberate, willful, negligent, obnoxious, manipulative, calculating, accusatory ways of this insanity. I've dealt with it for well over 13 years -11 of those married- being left in bankruptcy, lt unemployment, extreme poverty, w/o income nor assets, nor savings. On a general more wider scale I cannot diagnose from afar do to the Goldwater Rule but I can note that the Jekyll and Hyde persona is very much real. The constant feeling of exhaustion, delusion, questionable activities on your behalf to make sense of it all isn't new and in fact is known as gaslighting. So before you check on yourself please note this is not the new norm, it will never be, and no amount of money can buy intellect. With this noted, as many reviewers have claimed-there's nothing new here. It's not anything we haven't seen and we should by now all get it -those of us in our right mind- but when the impeachment came down-it meant nothing. The only thing we as citizens of this great country have left is our voice. Make it count and vote them all out. If you'd like to learn more about malignant narcissism and domestic violence from my own recollections please visit my profile and links provided. Thank you

  20. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Preaching to the choir only Yes, everyone knows the Republican Party have zero interest in having intelligent discourse. Everyone knows that the Republican Party is 100% void of ideas, has no interest in moving America forward, making America a better place, and caters to the dumbest who live among us. While this book did a good job articulating now the Republican Party came to be the circus that it is, focused on nothing substantive anymore than honing their ability to lie to their ignorant vote Preaching to the choir only Yes, everyone knows the Republican Party have zero interest in having intelligent discourse. Everyone knows that the Republican Party is 100% void of ideas, has no interest in moving America forward, making America a better place, and caters to the dumbest who live among us. While this book did a good job articulating now the Republican Party came to be the circus that it is, focused on nothing substantive anymore than honing their ability to lie to their ignorant voters (and look good doing so), it offered nothing substantive to fix the problem. And it IS a problem. Conservative ideas can be beneficial to us as a nation and as a society. Just like Liberal ideas have value to ensure that we continue to provide opportunities to achieve the American dream and prosper in glorious well-regulated capitalism, as the underlying fabric of our circumstances change - as they do every day. Any legislation (ACA included) that is solely crafted by a single party, is less good than if it also contained influence by the minority party. Republican laziness and intellectual bankruptcy hurts America, as we’ve seen by the wholesale treasonous lethargy of the trump administration - arguably the worst in our history (even including Herbert Hoover & Jimmy Carter). This book does nothing to move the debate (and America) forward. Save your money.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan Miller

    This is an excellent book which espouses how the Republican Party has over the past 20 years has clearly moved from a party which governs consistently with it's conservative values to one who has given up on actual policy and has instead adopted a policy of platitudes, disinformation and resistance tactics to block meaningful economic and social progress. This apparent declination in the art of governing occurs both while the party is in and out of power. The book is filled with examples and quo This is an excellent book which espouses how the Republican Party has over the past 20 years has clearly moved from a party which governs consistently with it's conservative values to one who has given up on actual policy and has instead adopted a policy of platitudes, disinformation and resistance tactics to block meaningful economic and social progress. This apparent declination in the art of governing occurs both while the party is in and out of power. The book is filled with examples and quotes on a variety of governing topics from immigration to taxes to health care along with many other governing priorities. A very worthwhile read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    This is a partisan book. If you expect anything else do not bother to pick it up. It is a chronicle of the Republican Party move from a governing party to one with a narrow agenda dictated by politics of the elite donor class that supports it rather than based on needs of the country. It sees Donald Trump not as the cause but as the result of these decisions. It is no longer a party of policy but one of power politics that appeals to a base but in fact follows the commands of the wealthy elite. This is a partisan book. If you expect anything else do not bother to pick it up. It is a chronicle of the Republican Party move from a governing party to one with a narrow agenda dictated by politics of the elite donor class that supports it rather than based on needs of the country. It sees Donald Trump not as the cause but as the result of these decisions. It is no longer a party of policy but one of power politics that appeals to a base but in fact follows the commands of the wealthy elite. It can change but does not see that need at this point in history.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marcy Silverstein

    Fascinating how everything I have been thinking about the trump campaign and the trump trying to be president was vividly compiled in one place in a book. I have never been a person who reads horror but to my surprise reading The Impostors was like reading a horror story being imposed by a mentally disturbed sick man on our entire country while the world and the stupid Repubuplicant party stands by and lets it happen.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

    As a Democrat, I found this book to be an interesting read, as the Republican Party is a lot different today than it was in previous years. They do not have goals towards the betterment of the people in our Country or towards protecting our Democracy. The petty power grabs put our Country in a vulnerable position with other Countries. Everyone should read this book about the true Republican Party.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Thorkell Ottarsson

    This is one of the best political books I have come across in a long time. Brilliantly argued and incredibly informative. A must read for anyone who wonders how America ended up where it is today.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Diana Fink

    Thesis is supported in each chapter. Pick your poison. Talking points highlighted for my arsenal on FB Sad, sickening and important. Excellent read. Want to review when it’s the GOP convention.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Steve Thomas

    An important read Steve Benen clearly lays out the failure of governance of the Republican Party. This is an essential, though uncomfortable, book that both Democrats and Republicans need to take to heart.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen Roth

    A MUST READ!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bill Warren

    Well written and the thesis is 100% correct, the problem is that it will only be read by people who already know it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    This will be a re-read. It contains so much truth about my old party that has gone so astray.

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