Fire-Breathing Liberal offers a good introduction to its author, who belongs to the courageous wing of the Democratic Party. He and co-author David Fisher have produced a fast-moving narrative that features many laugh-out-loud anecdotes. But what I most appreciated was the ringside seat Wexler provides for such developments as
- the Gingrich-DeLay subversion of legislative process and bipartisanship within the House of Representatives,
- the theft of the 2000 presidential election, due in part by the mishandling of numerous ballots in Wexler's own congressional district, and
- the growing demand that Dick Cheney and George Bush be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors against the people of the United States.
The introduction to Fire-Breathing Liberal is entitled "It's Time to Be Mad as Hell." Wexler's right about that. His final paragraph is also on target:
"After eight long years of Bush and Cheney, if we give the American people a clear choice, they will pick us overwhelmingly. But if we show them caution, hesitation, and meekness, they will remain frustrated, even despondent over the state of our government. I believe that if more liberals start 'breathing fire,' we Democrats will finally build a lasting majority."
I encourage you to read this book as a summer project in patriotism.