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11/23/2004

A Proposal for Principled Republicans: Let Patterico Buy You a Free Hugh Hewitt Book

Filed under: Books,Politics,Principled Pragmatism — Patterico @ 1:04 pm

Attention, Spoons. Attention, Kathryn Jean Lopez. Attention, Angry Clam and Kevin Murphy.

This post is for you — and for me, because I am like you. We are the Republicans who put principle above party, and conviction above compromise. Hugh Hewitt, in his latest book, is speaking to us. Hugh’s message: majorities matter. He says that winning majorities means sacrificing a blind allegiance to idealism, in favor of a political philosophy of principled pragmatism — with the emphasis on pragmatism.

I’m not saying that Hugh is right — but I think we should hear him out. He is a leading conservative voice and a very smart man. His ideas deserve consideration.

So I have a proposal for all of you.

If you haven’t read Hugh’s book already, I will buy it for you. Leave a comment on this post saying you accept my proposal, and e-mail me with your home address, and I will shoot you a copy right away. It’s on me — but there’s a catch. I have two conditions:

  • Read it with an open mind. Much of what Hugh has to say will cause you to react viscerally and negatively. I know — I had the same experience. Resist the urge to discount his advice out of hand. Listen to his arguments. Take them seriously.
  • Agree to discuss the book publicly, on my blog and on yours. Let’s get a discussion going. We may end up — all of us — deciding that Hugh is all wet. If that is the end result, so be it. But let’s talk about it first, and invite our readers to take part in the discussion.

In addition to the above-named bloggers, I will also make this offer available to up to five Patterico readers, in my discretion. My target audience is people like myself and like the bloggers I list above: people who believe strongly in core Republican precepts, who would rather stand on their convictions than watch the party compromise those principles. You must agree to the above conditions — keep an open mind, and agree to discuss the book publicly. If you’re interested, leave a comment and explain how you are a member of the target audience.

I plan to start the ball rolling today with a post reviewing the book and giving my initial reaction. [UPDATE: Here it is, a little late.]

30 Responses to “A Proposal for Principled Republicans: Let Patterico Buy You a Free Hugh Hewitt Book”

  1. I don’t think I can take you up on your offer as I’m not a Republican, principled or otherwise. I’ll buy & read the book, however, as I am a Pragmatist (or to get technical, a Pragmaticist.)

    My main focus would be to develop a non-ideological form of political thought and discourse, and a form of conservatism would fit in with such an approach. If its possible at all.

    Iconic Midwesterner (5f5feb)

  2. You can send me the book, but I can’t say I’ll read it immediately. There’s a queue….

    Kevin Murphy (9982dd)

  3. It took me a couple of days. It’s an easy and quick read.

    Patterico (76054e)

  4. By the way, “core Republican principles” may vary by the eye of the beholder. Goldwater favored gay rights, for example. Lots of social conservatives who are protectionists. Etc.

    Kevin Murphy (9982dd)

  5. Since this offer is for principled Republicans, I think Spoons should have to proclaim himself a Republican in order to collect on it. I was going to say “re-register” but then I remembered that Illinois voters don’t register by party.

    Xrlq (6c76c4)

  6. Goldwater favored gay rights at the end of his political career, when he was more a libertarian than a conservative.

    It matters which Goldwater you’re talking about- 1964 or 1988 Goldwater.

    The Angry Clam (c96486)

  7. The offer is appreciated, but I have it already.

    So. . . what if you gave copies to public libraries in cities like, oh, Boulder, CO. or Berkeley, CA? Just a thought.

    James C. Hess (8c9c16)

  8. Quite tempting. Just dunno if I can committ to read the book in a timely enough manner to justify you getting me a copy on your dime.

    Justin Levine (f341b1)

  9. I had you in mind, actually — remembering your post about Specter. Look, like I said — it’s a quick read. I’ll get you a copy and I just ask that you start it sometime soon. The rest will follow . . .

    E-mail me your home address. Or maybe I’ll have it sent to me and I’ll deliver it to you in person the next time we go to the Magic Castle, which I hope will be soon . . .

    Patterico (76054e)

  10. I’ll buy it at your recommendation.

    David M (d2250e)

  11. Which book are you talking about? Blog or If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat?

    Kathryn (f81ab3)

  12. I should have made that clear. If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat.

    Patterico (76054e)

  13. A very timely discussion proposal. My interest is sufficiently piqued, that I’ll hit the bookstore this weekend.

    MaDr (08c688)

  14. Per our e-mail discussion…I’d be happy to participate. Looking forward to it.

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

    Gene (713364)

  15. If this offer is still good, I wouldn’t mind a copy.

    I’ve been getting a lot of flak from the principled side of late, and I have my own theories about a leftward shift in the Republican party. For a new young voter, this is all very exciting and new, but confusing to stay on top of. I’d like to read as many opinions as I can on this matter.

    I’m currently moving from overseas, and am not in a position to buy the book at this time. So, if you’d be interested in helping out, I’d very much appreciate it. It might take me a week or two to get settled, but I’d surely discuss it. I’m actually not that familiar with Hugh, for want of an RSS feed, but I’d be willing to go at it all the more with an open mind.

    Chadster (3cab13)

  16. I dunno. I’m not a Republican, really. I’m a conservative. The two are increasingly different.

    I also don’t know if I could really give Hewitt a “fair” reading, unless he’s making some kind of new argument. I’ve been listening to Republicans like him my whole life. As much as I like Hugh, Republicans like him are the reason I’m not one.

    Spoons (04a1f0)

  17. If you send me the book I will read it. I will give my opinion; which as you and some fellow lawyers have mentioned, tends to be blunt.
    Rod Stanton
    Cerritos

    Rod Stanton (7edfd7)

  18. Sounds like an interesting idea. I’m in, if the offer’s still open.

    In fact, I might have a unique perspective on this, as I’m actually an elected Republican in Virginia. My blog is called “Commonwealth Conservative,” and I’m constantly dealing with these issues.

    My first allegiance is to my conservative convictions. As a conservative, I want to see the Party take principled stands on issues. However, as a politician (so to speak) and as an elected official who is officially aligned with the Republican Party, I can’t really go against the party publicly very often.

    Anyway, I’ve struggled with this. I’m a conservative before a Republican…but I ran a campaign as a Republican.

    I’ll send you an email with my information; I’d be happy to read it and discuss.

    John Behan (88da11)

  19. Rod,

    Send me your home address again.

    John,

    I’ll send you a copy. And I’m adding you to the blogroll.

    Patterico (756436)

  20. I’ve asked for my copy on your recent update. But I want to complain that your filter doesn’t allow my url, with periods between.
    tomgrey
    motime
    com

    no www in front. Error is “me [dot] com” not allowed:
    “due to questionable content: me [dot] com”
    neither in the text, nor in the URL.
    Not sure you can do anything about it.

    Cheers,
    Tom

    Tom Grey - Liberty Dad (62a668)

  21. Yeah, somehow I once blacklisted the domain “me dot com” — not sure how. I don’t think it’s too easy to take things off the blacklist, unfortunately. Sorry.

    Patterico (aeef57)

  22. Count me in, Please…

    See Dubya (85b967)

  23. If it’s not close, they can’t cheat
    One of the blogosphere’s brightest voices, Hugh Hewitt, has written a book, as many of you know. It’s titled, “If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It”. I haven’t read the book yet, …

    Confessions Of A Political Junkie (6df516)

  24. If it’s not close, they can’t cheat
    One of the blogosphere’s brightest voices, Hugh Hewitt, has written a book, as many of you know. It’s titled, “If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It”. I haven’t read the book yet, …

    Confessions Of A Political Junkie (6df516)

  25. If it’s not close, they can’t cheat
    One of the blogosphere’s brightest voices, Hugh Hewitt, has written a book, as many of you know. It’s titled, “If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It”. I haven’t read the book yet, …

    Confessions Of A Political Junkie (6df516)

  26. Hugh Cites ‘Bear Flag’ Debate at The Weekly Standard
    Hugh has cited the ongoing Bear Flag League debate over at The Weekly Standard (also found at Real Clear Politics, Dec 9) The first paragraph of page 2 reads as follows: I long ago revealed myself as a single-issue voter:…

    Calblog (2fb2f0)

  27. Hugh Cites ‘Bear Flag’ Debate at The Weekly Standard
    Hugh has cited the ongoing Bear Flag League debate over at The Weekly Standard (also found at Real Clear Politics, Dec 9) The first paragraph of page 2 reads as follows: I long ago revealed myself as a single-issue voter:…

    Calblog (2fb2f0)

  28. CBSNEWS.com … OH, Yeah! (formerly, ‘Hugh Cites ‘Bear Flag’ Debate at The Weekly Standard’)
    Hugh has cited the ongoing Bear Flag League debate over at The Weekly Standard (also found at Real Clear Politics, Dec 9). I didn’t know the article had found it’s way over to CBSNEWS.com ’til Justene (esteemed Calblog proprietoress) Emailed…

    Calblog (2fb2f0)

  29. ABCNEWS.com … OH Yeah! (formerly, ‘Hugh Cites ‘Bear Flag’ Debate at The Weekly Standard’)
    Hugh has cited the ongoing Bear Flag League debate over at The Weekly Standard (also found at Real Clear Politics, Dec 9) I was unaware that the article made its way over to ABC.NEWS.com, until Justene (esteemed proprietress of Calblog)…

    Calblog (2fb2f0)

  30. CBSNEWS.COM … OH, Yeah! (formerly, ‘Hugh Cites ‘Bear Flag’ Debate at The Weekly Standard’)
    Hugh has cited the ongoing Bear Flag League debate over at The Weekly Standard (also found at Real Clear Politics, Dec 9) I was unaware that the article made its way over to CBS.NEWS.com, until Justene (esteemed Calblog proprietress) Emailed…

    Calblog (2fb2f0)


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