The Elephant in the Room: Evangelicals, Libertarians and the Battle to Control the Republican Party featuring the author, Ryan Sager, Columnist, New York Post and RealClearPolitics.com; with comments by Michael Barone, Columnist, U.S. News and World Report, and Coauthor of Almanac of American Politics.
If the Republican Party is no longer the party of Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich, limited government, or fiscal restraint, then what is it? And what's a self-respecting, small-government, fiscally conservative, socially liberal voter supposed to do? In his new book, Ryan Sager argues that George W. Bush's brand of big-government, big-religion conservatism risks causing a serious split in the GOP - in particular, between the traditional South and the "leave me alone" states of the interior West, such as Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Montana- The Cato Institute
Michael Barone is a senior writer for U.S. News and World Report and principal coauthor of The Almanac of American Politics.
Cato's executive vice president David Boaz has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism.
He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer, described by the Los Angeles Times as "a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas," the editor of The Libertarian Reader, and coeditor of the Cato Handbook on Policy.
Boaz is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981. His articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, National Review, and Slate.
He is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows, and has appeared on ABC's "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher", CNN's "Crossfire", NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and "All Things Considered", "John McLaughlin's One on One", Fox News Channel, BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media.
Ryan Sager is a columnist and blogger for the New York Post and RealClearPolitics.com. He's also author of The Elephant in the Room: Evangelicals, Libertarians, and the Battle to Control the Republican Party (John Wiley and Sons).
Previously, Sager has served as a member of the editorial board of the New York Post and as editorial features editor and chief editorial writer for the start-up New York Sun, where he was a member of the founding staff in 2002. His writing has also appeared in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Reason, National Review, TCS Daily, and The Atlantic Monthly. Sager graduated from George Washington University in 2001, with a BA in history. He is a two-time winner of the Felix Morley Journalism Award. A native Connecticuter, he now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.