I should be up to my eyeballs in political involvement. It has been in my blood since I was a kid. I've worked around it all my life and I've felt a lot of passion about my political philosophy.
However, since I retired four-and-a-half years ago as a legislative staffer, I've found myself more interested in the bird feeders in my backyard, then getting involved in a political campaign or a political cause.
To me it seemed that Republicans lost sight of their true identity. They wanted to win for winning's sake. They've been struggling and face their end if they don't rediscover it.
That changed when we visited our son Justin this past week in Washington D.C. and we watched Morning Joe on MSNBC with Joe Scarborough and friends.
He talked about his book "Last Best Hope" and I was hooked.
Our country is facing an oncoming freight train brought on by huge debt and growing need.
Scarborough defines real conservatism that's several football fields away from the angry conservatism heard on talk radio and by the ideologues in the Republican Party.
He points to one of the big players in the cause of our problems as George W. Bush who he describes as a real liberal and a radical liberal at that.
How does the Republican Party get back into the mainstream. He says not by selling out its values, but by going back to them.
I'm reading the book on my Kindle 2 and I'll post more in-depth.
In the meantime, here's a review from Christopher Buckley, the son of the late William Buckley, author of Up From Liberalism.
Is Scarborough the new face of the party? Could be.