The Party Is Over

  • by Mike Lofgren
  • Narrated by Mel Foster
  • 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

There was a time, not so very long ago, when perfectly rational people ran the Republican Party. So how did the party of Lincoln become the party of lunatics? That is what this book aims to answer. Fear not, the Dems come in for their share of tough talk - they are zombies, a party of the living dead.
Mike Lofgren came to Washington in the early eighties - those halcyon, post-Nixonian glory days - for what he imagined would be a short stint on Capitol Hill. He has witnessed quite a few low points in his 28 years on the Hill - but none quite so pitiful as the antics of the current crop of legislators whom we appear to have elected.
Based on the explosive article Lofgren wrote when he resigned in disgust after the debt ceiling crisis, The Party Is Over is a funny and impassioned exposé of everything that is wrong with Washington. Obama and his tired cohorts are no angels, but they have nothing on the Republicans, whose wily strategists are bankrupting the country one craven vote at a time. Be prepared for some fireworks.


What the Critics Say

"Lofgren has crafted an angry but clear-sighted argument that may not sit well at family reunions or dinner parties, but deserves attention." (Publishers Weekly)


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An Insider's Expose

Would you listen to The Party Is Over again? Why?

I have already listened to this book twice because there is so much information that I wanted to hear it twice

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

That Mike Lofgren worked with powerful Republicans and was so appalled by the fake debt crisis that the Republican leadership staged in the Summer of 2011 that he retired after a thirty year career. He has thought long and hard about our future as a democracy and has concrete suggestions about what has to be done.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, this was an extremely compelling book; in some ways it is a who done it; who has gotten us to situation we are now in with a national legislature that spends it's time raising money from interest groups and corporations. The welfare of the country has taken second place to the need to raise massive amounts of money to get reelected.

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- Susan


I am a political junky. I read a lot of political books and watch CNN, Fox News & MSNBC. This tone of this book is UGLY. Mr Lofgren pines for the days of a more liberal-minded and soft-spoken Republican party. I also would like to see more progress among the two parties. However, there is a political reality that our country is at a point in its history where one of the parties has to start taking some fiscal responsibility or we will be in major peril. This desire by the public and some in the Republican party has caused quite a bit of friction... and unfortunately has also resulted in stark partisanship when compared with what Mr. Lofgren may call the "good ole days". The fact is that in the "good ole days" of President Reagan; Democrats and Republicans alike were making deals that the American public simply could not afford. These deals seemed to continue into the GH Bush Presidency and the start of the Clinton Presidency. Finally, Newt Gingrich created the Contract with America and started putting a halt to the out of control spending to bring about a few budget surplus years. Mr Lofgren has made it very clear that he despises Newt's form of statesmanship and would prefer a more compliant Republican party.

I am normally okay reading political opinions that disagree with my own. Even though I don't always agree after I have read opposing views; I normally feel like I have learned something. However, Mike Lofgren's tone is quite derogatory and childish in this book. The book is filled with personal opinions supported by exaggeration and fabrication. Lofgren uses playground epithets to simply make fun of people he does not agree with. Because of this tenor, I could not get past chapter 5 of this book before I had to stop.

If you are a Democrat and want to feed your mind with more "red meat" to fight Republicans, this is probably going to reinforce any views you have. If you are an establishment Republican, you may also find solice in these views. If you lean Libertarian, Intellectual or Independent in your views, you should not waste your time with this purchase. Almost any other political book would be a better investment of your time.
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- Jeff Schuster

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio