Republican Gomorrah exposes the deep dysfunction transforming modern conservative thought and party organization. It shows how establishment Republicans like John McCain have to bow to extreme forces from the Christian Right if they are to have any hope of running for office.The book also explores how an alarming number of the movement's leading figures have more in common than just the power they command within conservative ranks. Their personal lives have been stained by crisis and scandal: depression, mental illness, extramarital affairs, struggles with homosexual urges, heavy medication, addiction to pornography, serial domestic abuse, and even murder. Using the work of psychologist Erich Fromm as a framework, Blumenthal examines how such histories compel these right-wingers to embrace an authoritarian ethos.
An impossible-to-put-down account, Republican Gomorrah shows us how a culture of personal crisis has defined the radical Right, how it has transformed the nature of the Republican Party for the next generation and how it has helped shape the future of American politics.