Parnassus Books welcomes Keel Hunt discussing and signing Crossing the Aisle: How Bipartisanship Brought Tennessee to the Twenty-First Century and Could Save America.
The latter third of the twentieth century was a time of fundamental political transition across the South as increasing numbers of voters began to choose Republican candidates over Democrats. Yet in the 1980s and ‘90s, reform-focused policymaking - from better schools to improved highways and health care - flourished in Tennessee. This was the work of moderate leaders from both parties who had a capacity to work together “across the aisle.”
The Tennessee story, as the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham observes in his foreword to this book, offers striking examples of bipartisan cooperation on many policy fronts - and a mode of governing that provides lessons for America in this frustrating era of partisan stalemate.
Keel Hunt is a columnist for the USA Today Network in Tennessee. He has been a reporter, editor, Washington correspondent, and editorial writer. From 1979 to 1986 he was Special Assistant to Governor Lamar Alexander.