Campaign Politics and Conservative Policies
By Ed Gillespie
(Threshold Editions, Hardcover, 9781416524830, 304pp.)
Publication Date: September 5, 2006
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It's been nearly two decades since Chris Matthews' national bestseller Hardball opened a door onto the inner workings of Washington politics, and now the time is ripe for a sharp, new insider's perspective on how the game is played and on the challenges facing the Republican Party in the future. No one is more qualified to provide that analysis than Ed Gillespie: In Winning Right, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee draws from lessons learned in more than twenty years of campaign strategy and national policy debate -- most especially from his role at the heart of the historic and groundbreaking 2004 presidential election -- to reveal how the game of politics is played on its highest level. In a frank and engaging narrative, he looks inside the George W. Bush presidency and beyond, to discuss such topics as
- A political code of ethics and playing by the rules
- Successes and failures in campaign planning and execution
- The role of old and new media
- The battle for the Supreme Court
- Hot-button issues
- The future of the GOP -- and how to win right in 2008
Ed Gillespie is a founder and cochairman of Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a bipartisan public affairs firm that provides strategic counsel, government relations, and communications services to corporations, trade associations, and issue-based coalitions. He was a principal drafter of the 1994 "Contract with America" and editor of the New York Times bestseller by the same name. One of the most prominent and successful strategists in the Republican Party, he was general strategist for Elizabeth Dole's 2002 Senate campaign, and was a top aide to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas and former RNC chairman Haley Barbour, now governor of Mississippi. Gillespie served as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2003 to 2005.