It has been said that everyone in America is firmly planted in red or blue—permanently conservative or irreversibly liberal. But are we all really that locked in to the left or the right? A lifelong liberal, John Moe was determined to find out. So he reset his radio dials from NPR to Rush Limbaugh, joined some of today's most influential conservative thinkers for a series of "conversion sessions," made pilgrimages to the Ronald Reagan and Richard M. Nixon museums, and spent the Fourth of July in the most Bush-friendly county in the country, in an attempt to discover if there was actually a conservative trapped inside him yearning to be set free.
Conservatize Me is a fresh, humorous, and highly entertaining look at our country's political landscape, one that will strike a powerful chord with millions of disgruntled Americans while stimulating the mind and tickling the funny bone.
Inspired by Matt Spurlock's Supersize Me, Moe submerges himself in the conservative Republican culture for 30 days to see if he will be converted into a snarky, dominating hatemonger, speaking out against wimpy liberal pacifists and "the gay." He does this by meeting with such icons of conservatism as the National Review's editor Rich Lowry and male-escort-turned-White-House-reporter Jeff Gannon, and visiting geographic destinations symbolic of Republican conservatism. With his Wal-Mart wardrobe and iPod filled with right-wing musicians, Moe spends some quality time with the other side. Unsurprisingly, his results lead him down the middle road to understanding the system and desires of both sides. Moe, a radio personality, reads with evident delight. His execution of sarcasm and irony cannot be understated, particularly when his concept of reality is challenged by extremely inaccurate, misguided or asinine statements, as during his interview with Gannon. His vocal characterization of his young son invokes awe, wonder, determinism and warmth. His most endearing moments come when he interacts with his child. Listeners will delight in Moe's sincerity, comedic delivery and overall performance. Simultaneous release with the HarperCollins hardcover (reviewed online).