What to read about John McCain and the future of the GOP.

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Aug. 30 2008 6:38 AM

Grand Old Book Party

What to read about John McCain and the future of the GOP.

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Neither plan has much to do with John McCain. He's too anomalous to represent the party's past and too old to represent its future. But with the GOP struggling in congressional and gubernatorial races nationwide, that might actually help him.

A version of this article appears in the Washington Post's "Outlook" section.

Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.