Fire Breathing Liberal: How I Learned to Survive (and Thrive) in the Contact Sport of Congress

by Robert Wexler with David Fisher

The House of Representatives was never intended to be non-partisan, but arguably never before in our history has it been run in such a partisan manner. For the last decade under Republican domination and the rule of Newt Gingrich and Tom Delay, Democrats have been excluded almost completely from the legislative process. The ensuing reality is that our government doesn't work at all the way we have been taught - when it even does.

Fire Breathing Liberal is the inside story of Congress as seen through the events of the last decade. Using his own experiences as well as relating stories of Democratic colleagues who have fought the Republicans, Robert Wexler tells the whole truth about congress, an institution damaged by partisan politics, and proposes a radical transformation.

Interwoven in Wexler’s personal and political stories are some close up looks at high profile figures he has known, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, George Bush, Al Gore, Colin Powell, John McCain, Jeb Bush, Katherine Harris and more.