Completing the Revolution: A Vision for Victory in 2000

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Argues that in order to win the presidental election, the Republicans must build a party platform that focuses on its conservative principles.

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Robert D. Novak is perhaps the most widely seen conservative commentator in the United States, appearing regularly on three separate CNN "talking heads" programs as well as writing the syndicated "Inside Report" column. So when he puts forth his opinion on the Republican Party's chances for success in the 2000 elections, every member of the GOP--and more than a few of their ideological adversaries--will hear him out carefully.

Having failed to achieve their goals after seizing both houses of Congress in the 1994 "Republican Revolution," Novak writes in Completing the Revolution, the GOP has been reduced to trying to counter the spin from Bill Clinton's White House. "The Republican Congress should have been courageously advancing the Republican agenda and should not have been afraid of it," he argues. "But they're not playing to win; they're playing not to lose." Whereas most analysts view Clinton's "triangulation" as shifting the Democrats' platform to the right, Novak believes that it has really enabled the White House to maneuver Republican members of Congress into voting for leftist legislation. Only by regaining control of the White House, he continues, will the GOP be able to advance its agenda.

Novak has 10 very clear ideas about how to take back the Oval Office, ranging from the obvious (radically simplify the tax code, stand firm on the anti-abortion platform) to the unusual (not only is Novak in favor of term limits, he suggests nearly quintupling the size of the House of Representatives to 2,000 members and cutting their annual salary down to about $27,000. He argues this would prevent the entrenched careerism that plagues Congress today). After outlining his strategy, Novak does a quick sketch of George W. Bush, the man the Republicans appear to have anointed as their candidate in 2000. Will he win? Only, Novak suggests, if he and his party have the courage to stick by what the Republican Party really stands for--and if they run to gain political ground, not merely hang on to what they've got. Completing the Revolution offers a compelling argument sure to get heavy play as GOP leadership figures out its game plan for the 21st century. --Ron Hogan

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Robert D. Novak, a co-host of CNN's Crossfire and of Evans & Novak, Hunt & Shields, writes "Inside Report," the nation's longest-running syndicated column. He is a regular panelist on CNN's Capital Gang and is a contributing editor of The Reader's Digest. He is the author or co-author of four previous books on the presidency and national politics. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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