Margaret Hoover’s Mission to Save the GOP

Written by Lotus on Tuesday, 16 of August , 2011 at 9:42 pm

Margaret Hoover is a rising star in the conservative movement. Her new book, American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party is a must-read for all candidates and policymakers who want to reach out to millennials (those born between 1980 and 1999).

Hoover is the great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover and a frequent contributor to Fox News. On the book, Bill O’Reilly said, “It is not her great-grandfather’s Republican Party anymore. And Margaret Hoover has written a book that old Herbert would enjoy. Sassy, opinionated, and smart, Ms. Hoover shakes up conventional GOP wisdom.”

Hoover is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College. She worked for the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004 and then was deputy press secretary to Representative Mario Diaz-Balart. She was later appointed to a position in the White House and was a senior advisor to the deputy secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.

Both Hoover and I serve on the advisory council of GOProud, an organization that represents gay conservatives and their allies. Jimmy LaSalvia, cofounder and executive director of GOProud told me, “Very few conservatives articulate policy and our philosophy of government better than Margaret. She is the perfect messenger who has crafted the perfect message to make a case to younger voters about why conservative policies are good for all Americans, including them. We’re very lucky to have her on our side.”

American Individualism isn’t about changing the principles of conservatism. It reminds readers that the conservative movement came together as a coalition of many factions – fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, paleoconservatives, neoconservatives, and new to the movement, tea partiers and crunchy cons. Hoover highlights this quote from conservative historian George H. Nash, “Historically, [the conservative movement] has been a river of thought and activism fed by many tributaries: a wide and sometimes muddy river, but one with great power, so long as the tributaries flowed into the common stream.”

In order to win elections, conservatives need to embrace the strategy of President Reagan, accept all conservatives into the coalition and coalesce around a common enemy – rising socialism in America. Hoover’s new book, American Individualism, provides valuable advice for all of those who want to win elections and win hearts.

1. If there was a television channel that only showed one movie over and over, what movie should it be?
HOOVER: “Lost in Translation” with Bill Murray and early Scarlet Johansson.

2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?
HOOVER: Treasure of the Sierra Madre: “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”

3. In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he was “cured.” If you could give President Obama, the “Clockwork Orange treatment,” what movie would you make him watch?
HOOVER: Personally, I loved An American Carol, for all the reasons that President Obama would hate it. Would it cure him? I think laughter can cure almost anything.

4. What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?
HOOVER: A Shakira poster from her first US tour in the late ‘90s. But I loved her all-Spanish albums the best from when she was a teen in Columbia. She’s hopelessly left-wing, but conservatives rarely have the luxury of our favorite artists agreeing with our politics.

5. What’s your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show?
HOOVER: The Daily Show and C-Span Book TV.

6. What canceled TV show would you put back on the air?
HOOVER: I wasn’t allowed to watch TV growing up, but would sneak Mad About You and loved Helen Hunt.

7. One mainstay in politics are the grip-and-grin photos that line people’s walls and desks. What grip-and-grin photo do you cherish the most?
HOOVER: Me and Ronald Reagan in 1992 when Gipper came to rededicate the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. He inscribed it (let’s be honest, it’s probably auto-pen) “To Margaret Hoover with best wishes, Ronald Reagan”. In my book I talk a lot about how Reagan won the youth vote but the oldest millennials don’t remember him, so need to be careful harkening back to him all the time if we want to connect. But since you asked…

8. What was the first rock concert you ever attended and where did you sit and who went with you?
HOOVER: Red Rocks for a Samples concert with my best friends. I’m from Colorado, and the Samples were a home grown Boulder band— One of the best things to come from the People’s Republic of Boulder.

9. What books are on your summer reading list?
HOOVER: What?!? I get to read whatever I want now that I’m done writing a book?! I actually have a stack by my bed I get to read for fun when I’m done with my book tour. Girl With a Dragon Tattoo has been waiting for me for months.

10. What’s your quirkiest ringtone?
HOOVER: I have a blackberry so ring tones are unoriginal. I’m terrible at answering the phone, so I keep it on the loudest, most obnoxious ring possible that sings like a carnival on Ritalin which forces me to check who is calling.

11. If Republicans and Democrats had theme songs for 2011 what would they be?
HOOVER: Republicans: Takin’ Care of Business – Bachman Turner Overdrive
Dems: Slip Sliding Away by Paul Simon

12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.
HOOVER: My first job after graduating from college was in Taipei, Taiwan where I worked at a Taiwanese law firm as an editor and policy research assistant. The day I arrived in Taiwan to begin my new life was September 11, 2001. From that day on, I decided I wanted nothing more than to participate in the functioning of American democracy. I eventually returned stateside and made my way to Washington, DC.

(Note: The “De Pasquale’s Dozen” is a regular feature I have done for Human Events.  In in the column I interview political leaders about non-political, pop culture questions.  Yes, I know there are more important issues in the world.  This is meant to be fun!) 

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