Former New York Times Washington Correspondent Adam Clymer discusses his new book, Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch: The Panama Canal Treaties and the Rise of the Right.
Clymer argues that domination of the debate over the Panama Canal Treaties gave conservatives emotional appeal and helped build the foundation of the American conservative movement.
After the death of William Buckley, many pondered the origins of the modern conservative movement. But, most of this commentary emphasized the Reagan Administration's Cold War legacy, tax cuts, and market deregulation.
In Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch, Clymer tells the story of the Panama Canal throughout the Ford, Carter, and Reagan years, and explains how political divisions that surrounded it divided American politics for decades to come - New America Foundation
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
Adam Clymer is a former Washington Correspondent at The New York Times and author of Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch.
Clymer is the winner of numerous awards, including the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress and the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Association.