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Last Woman Standing

The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008 by Mark Halperin

Reviewed by Noam Scheiber
Washington Monthly

"There's a bait and switch going on at the beginning of The Way to Win, the recent collaboration between ABC political director Mark Halperin and the Washington Post's John Harris. The authors say they plan to share the lessons of the two sharpest political minds of this generation: Karl Rove and Bill Clinton. Only Rove and Clinton, they argue, have mastered presidential campaigning in the age of the Freak Show, by which they mean the era of hyper-personal, hyper-partisan, scandal-obsessed politics ushered in by New Media...." Read the entire Washington Monthly review.

2 Responses to "Last Woman Standing"

    Rich Wiebe November 12th, 2006 at 7:11 am

    The last paragraph of that review of the Halperin book is sort of amazing. Al Gore "lost"? And for good reasons? Al Gore almost certainly won the popular vote in Florida, got more popular votes than the current president overall, and was prevented from receiving a majority of the vote by the illusions of Nader voters that the two parties were essentially identical. Scheiber's process of rationalization is sort of like coming up with all the good reasons that the sun has to revolve around the earth - God's ultimate creation is humankind, which occupies the center of the universe . . . what's that, Copernicus? Never mind.

    Berrnard Chasan November 13th, 2006 at 10:19 am

    I hope that Scheiber is right. Halperin basically reduces campaigning to inside baseball . If he is right then democracy is really in very bad trouble. I heard him interviewed this morning and it was almost as if Iraq was not an issue.
    On some level elections have got to be about issues , not merely about clever tricks. I do not think that Halperin has much faith in the electorate to see through the tricks.

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