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The Resource Tip and the Gipper : When Politics Worked, Chris Matthews

Tip and the Gipper : When Politics Worked, Chris Matthews

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Tip and the Gipper : When Politics Worked
Title
Tip and the Gipper
Title remainder
When Politics Worked
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Chris Matthews
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eng
Summary
A magnificent personal history of a time when two great political opponents -- President Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill -- served together from 1980-1986 for the benefit of the country
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  • MSNBC host Matthews (Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero) draws from his personal journals, President Reagan's diary, and Speaker O'Neill's press conference transcripts to bring 1980s politics back to life. Matthews begins with the vastly different backgrounds of the two men. He contrasts their styles and politics before moving through the Reagan years in a highly-detailed narrative. Matthews's' thesis is that the government's functionality at the time is largely attributed to the relationship of Reagan and 'O'Neill, who both used the check-and-balance design of their positions to "propel the republic forward—even when the will of the people was different from his own." Readers relive the attempted assassination, the air traffic control strike, and the Iran-Contra affair, all presented in Matthews's easy, conversational style. Matthews offers little direct commentary on today's contrasting "government by tantrum," allowing the events and personalities to speak for themselves; an acceptable omission, given the numerous examples of cooperation he cites concerning Social Security, the budget and taxes, and foreign policy. Part history, part Washington inside story, part career memoir, this inspiring story of two remarkable men is recommended for political junkies and insiders alike. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed September 30, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 39, p)
  • The subtitle is certainly telling. Matthews, Tip O'Neill's former chief of staff for six years and now seen on the NBC-syndicated The Chris Matthews Show , portrays a civilized friendship between O'Neill and President Reagan even though their politics could not have been more different. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed June 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 10, p82)
  • An amiable but tough-minded political ramble with TV pundit Matthews (Jack Kennedy, 2011, etc.), who records a political mood clearly in need of revival. "Don't get caught obstructing the political process. Give Reagan his chance." So said an aide to Thomas O'Neill, Speaker of the House during the Reagan presidency. O'Neill, as anyone who remembers him will recall, was a blustering, tough Bostonian who came up through the ranks of Congress, a consummate political insider; Reagan, by contrast, liked to portray himself as an outsider somehow innocent of the machine. Yet Reagan also knew a number of things that kept his popularity reasonably high during his terms--for one, that Americans like to feel good about themselves, which he played to the hilt. His politics are still being played out today in the suspicion of all government programs and the conviction that all taxes are bad, which led to what now seems a curious accommodation between O'Neill and Reagan. In trying to push through one set of proposals that involved an increase on some taxpayers, Reagan faced a revolt in his own party and required O'Neill's help in enlisting sufficient Democratic votes to "sell the public a budget with so large a deficit." Though it was not all beer and skittles ("Tip refused to let me speak to the House," Reagan recorded in his diary. "I'm going to rub his nose in this one"), that accommodation spoke to what Matthews regards as a bygone bipartisan spirit that, as he notes, was like gladiatorial combat in that it made each opponent seem stronger and better in the contest simply for each to be up against the other--especially two opponents who liked to out-Irish each other. The idea of compromise and reconciliation being anathema these days, it's no wonder nothing happens on the Hill. Matthews' solid book points to a way out for "people who care about our republic."(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2013)
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contains biographical information
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10221030
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UPZ
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1945-
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Matthews, Christopher
Dewey number
973.927/0922
Index
no index present
LC call number
E877
LC item number
.M368 2013
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non fiction
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  • Reagan, Ronald
  • O'Neill, Tip
  • Reagan, Ronald
  • O'Neill, Tip
  • United States
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