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Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell

Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell

by Tim Miller
Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell

Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell

by Tim Miller


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Former Republican political operative Tim Miller answers the question no one else has fully grappled with: Why did normal people go along with the worst of Trumpism?

As one of the strategists behind the famous 2012 RNC “autopsy,” Miller conducts his own forensic study on the pungent carcass of the party he used to love, cutting into all the hubris, ambition, idiocy, desperation, and self-deception for everyone to see. In a bracingly honest reflection on both his own past work for the Republican Party and the contortions of his former peers in the GOP establishment, Miller draws a straight line between the actions of the 2000s GOP to the Republican political class's Trumpian takeover, including the horrors of January 6th.

From ruminations on the mental jujitsu that allowed him as a gay man to justify becoming a hitman for homophobes, to astonishingly raw interviews with former colleagues who jumped on the Trump Train, Miller diagrams the flattering and delusional stories GOP operatives tell themselves so they can sleep at night. With a humorous touch he reveals Reince Priebus' neediness, Sean Spicer's desperation, Elise Stefanik and Chris Christie’s raw ambition, and his close friends’ submission to a MAGA psychosis.

Why We Did It is a vital, darkly satirical warning that all the narcissistic justifications that got us to this place still thrive within the Republican party, which means they will continue to make the same mistakes and political calculations that got us here, with disastrous consequences for the nation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063161474
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2022
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 3,559
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

TIM MILLER is an MSNBC analyst and writer-at-large at The Bulwark. He was the communications director for Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign and the spokesman for the Republican National Committee during Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 The Comforting Lie 1

2 Compartmentalizer-in-Chief 11

3 The Game 21

4 Gay Traitor Degrading the Discourse 39

5 Centering the Comment Section 49

6 Red Meat for the Crocodiles 73

7 The Breakup 88

8 Inertia 100

9 The Enablers 113

10 The Little Mix 128

11 The Nerd-Revenging Team Player 142

12 The Strivers 154

13 The Cartel-Cashing, Team-Playing, Tribalist Trolls 166

14 The Junior Messiah and the OG Demagogue 189

15 The Demonizer and the Never Trumper 214

16 The Big Lie 233

Acknowledgments 247

Index 251

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