Lisa De Pasquale

One of my favorite things about summer is cultivating a summer reading list. Regular readers may have noticed that I frequently ask people what books they’re looking forward to reading. One of the books on my list is “Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic” by Jay Cost. His book delves into Democrats phony history as the party of the little guy and their current state of “special interests and carve-outs.”

Cost begins “Spoiled Rotten” with the events that led to the Republican victories (thanks to tea party support) in 2010, namely ObamaCare. Cost writes, “The real problem with the health care reform efforts was the controversial manner by which it was passed. Rather than propose a bill to Congress, President Obama allowed the legislature to draft the bill basically from scratch, and the result was a political disaster.”

Bill Kristol, editor at The Weekly Standard, said of “Spoiled Rotten,” “James Madison would have appreciated this book. Barack Obama won’t.”

In addition to his new book, Cost is a columnist for The Weekly Standard, where he writes the popular “Morning Jay” column. As we get closer and closer to what will hopefully be a continuation of the 2010 conservative revolution, Cost’s book and columns are a must-read.

Each week the De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.

1. If there was a television channel that only showed one movie over and over, what movie should it be?


Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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