George Romney

Modern politicans aren’t the first to verbally stumble, ‘Elly Peterson’ author writes

by University of Michigan Press September 1, 2011

Sara Fitzgerald, a former Washington Post journalist, is author of Elly Peterson: ‘Mother’ of the Moderates. Will a statement made by a tired politician at the end of a long day of campaigning help define the 2012 presidential race? Michele Bachmann placing the “shot heard ‘round the world” in New Hampshire instead of Massachusetts? Rick Perry labeling the Federal Reserve chairman’s management of the economy as “treasonous?” Mitt Romney’s response to a heckler that “corporations are people, too?” Romney knows very well the consequences of making a statement that comes to be defined as a “campaign gaffe.” Forty-four years (and […]

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Moderates, the debt ceiling, and the future of the Republican Party: Sara Fitzgerald, author of ‘Elly Peterson,’ weighs in

by University of Michigan Press July 21, 2011

A couple of months ago, The Washington Post mused, in a front-page story on the presidential campaign of Jon Huntsman Jr., “Can a Republican moderate survive?” I smiled when I saw the headline because you might think I was crazy to set out to write a book that would be titled Elly Peterson: “Mother” of the Moderates.  It’s not as if the moderates are holding a national convention, with chapters in every state and city these days! The current Republican establishment is not very interested in “moderates,” and Democrats are not very interested in things that are labeled “Republican.” And […]

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