Many Republicans are concerned  about the internal fighting within the party.  However, the party is made up of various factions including what is called “establishment” Republicans, conservative Republicans and now Tea Party followers and some Libertarians. Each of these groups have a different perspective and their differences will have to be worked out over time. A recent book by St. Louis University Political Science Professor (and University Township supporter), Donald Critchlow,  covers many of these issues.

Whether you are Liberal or Conservative, Democrat or Republican, if you are a political junkie, you will like Critchlow’s “The Conservative Ascendancy: How the GOP Right Made Political History.” This is a history of political maneuvering of individuals interested in countering Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and confronting Communism.

Critchlow documents how these ideas drew various groups together, many of whom were not Republicans. It follows the nomination of Barry Goldwater for President of the United   States, support of Richard Nixon, the first big Conservative triumph of Ronald Reagan and on to the election of George W. Bush.

This history covers the losses as well as triumphs of American Conservatives. It covers issues that brought them to power, that cost them elections and issues that divided the Republican Party itself. It also covers the background of many of the candidates in todays race. Anyone interested in politics and looking for some insight into todays election will not be able to put this book down.