Facebook Love for No Hope

I recently connected (through social media) with a reader of my book, No Hope: Why I Left the GOP (and You Should Too). His name is Gavin Phillips, from Vancouver, Washington. He sent me a note on Facebook and said that No Hope was “one of the best books I have ever read!” He’s read it three times, and has given to his mom and friends to read, too!

He wrote a nice Facebook post about the book on March 14th. I just discovered it last night, and I wanted to share it here. It made my day! Here is what Gavin wrote:  Read more

A Note From A Virtual Friend

I wanted to share a note I just received from someone I’ve never met. I don’t even know her last name. She and I recently connected on Twitter. This made my day!

I’ve started reading your book last night. I wanted to tell you that it’s touching and thought provoking. I will continue to read but wanted to pause and send you a virtual hug! I literally have a highlighter! Honestly, I have no expertise in politics. I didn’t know who you were prior to finding you on Twitter. I’m not gay and haven’t been a card carrying Republican nor Democrat. I have voted across parties. I can’t imagine the barriers and bigotry that you’ve faced and the immense effort that went into changing perceptions. My only relational experience is that of a woman in the tech industry and those struggles making it into a VP of international operations role. I’m now happily pursuing my dream of writing. You’re inspirational! Have a good day! Now I’ll get back to reading…

Well, that certainly turned my down day around! (I really needed to hear that today.)

Have you read my book, No Hope: Why I Left the GOP (and You Should Too)? Let me know what you think. I love to hear feedback. (Also, please go over to Amazon and give it some stars!)

***UPDATE*** I now know my virtual friend’s last name! Her name is Tammy Ray. Thanks for the kind words, Tammy.

GOProud and Trump

CNN has this story today about how the organization I co-founded, GOProud, helped to facilitate Donald Trump’s first political speech as a potential presidential candidate at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) back in 2011. I’ve written about that day numerous times, including in my book, No Hope: Why I Left the GOP (and You Should Too).

GOProud and Trump recognized that the energy in the Republican Party is in the anti-establishment grassroots of the conservative movement. I worked to help them evolve culturally and to embrace our modern cultural realities. I eventually determined that there is no hope of that because they fundamentally reject our new multicultural America. They really aren’t comfortable with people who aren’t like them. Trump knows that fact too, and he is exploiting it.

He demonizes people who are different to play to the GOP’s largely straight, white, Christian fears and discomfort with others. He promises to put “Americans” first. Of course, that means Americans who are like them. In Trump’s America, the Mexicans will be deported, the Muslims will be banned, and gays won’t be able to be married. Then, America will be great again!

We were a good team back in 2011, both benefitting from that CPAC appearance, but we ultimately chose different paths. I chose to leave the GOP and he chose to double-down. That’s because I have a vision of America, like Hillary Clinton, that includes everyone, and Trump doesn’t.

I helped to coordinate his first speech as a potential candidate, but now I am working to make sure he never gives an inauguration speech!

(For the record, I am supporting Hillary Clinton for president this year.)

**UPDATE** – Politico has a new story that quotes my book and me. Check it out. -> Behind Trump’s CPAC deal gone bad

I Told Ya So!

Last fall, I published a book about the GOP’s untenable coalition that includes a segment of white America who is uncomfortable with people who aren’t like them. My memoir, No Hope: Why I Left the GOP (and You Should Too), chronicles my experience and observations as a culturally modern person who tried to help the GOP evolve culturally. Attitudes and policy positions regarding immigration, religion, sexual orientation, and other cultural areas led me to conclude that there’s No Hope that the GOP will ever win a national election again. Too many of them simply reject our modern multicultural reality.

The fact that Donald Trump is their likely nominee for president makes my point. (FYI – The organization I co-founded and led, GOProud, invited Trump to give his first speech as a potential candidate at CPAC in 2011. Yes, I started it. Sorry.) He demonizes people who are different to play on the GOP’s fears and discomfort with others. He promises to put “Americans” first. Of course, that means Americans who are like him. In Trump’s America the Mexicans will be deported, the Muslims will be banned, and gays won’t be able to be married. Then, America will be great again!

Check out my book. It will give you behind the scenes insight to what’s happening in the Republican Party today. Thanks!

Clinton-Kasich: The Unity Ticket Our Country Needs

I wrote a Huffington Post blog post today about the idea of a Hillary Clinton & John Kasich unity ticket. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks.

We all agree that it’s time to shake things up and bring fundamental change to our politics. A unity ticket would do that. Please read my post and think about it.

Clinton-Kasich: The Unity Ticket Our Country Needs

Dole Institute Book Talk

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I’m excited to be returning to the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, where I was a Dole Fellow last year. I’ll be there on March 24th at 3 pm to talk about politics and my book, No Hope: Why I Left the GOP (and You Should Too).

If you are near Lawrence, Kansas, I hope you’ll come out and join our discussion. FYI – My book isn’t just about how much the GOP sucks, it’s about how the whole two-party system sucks! I’m sure you’ll be able relate to my story about my evolution to political independence, regardless of your partisan persuasion.

Here’s the Dole Institute’s announcement. See you on March 24th!

Tough Love for Clinton (Part 2)

I support Hillary Clinton for president because she is most prepared to be president. I want her to win, but as I’ve said before, I think her campaign is a bit off track. All politics is personal, and this campaign has to be personal for everybody. She needs to make it about us, not about her.

I wrote up a piece for Salon today with more of my thoughts about the Clinton strategy and how they can right the ship. Check it out. –

This is why Hillary’s losing: The failing strategy that could cost her everything — and the Bernie Sanders ad that exploits it perfectly