A Long Time Coming, The Inspiring, Combative 2008 Campaign by Staff of Newsweek, Evan Thomas

By Staff of Newsweek, Evan Thomas

When you consider that 1984, Newsweek has been popular for its bright, in-depth particular election insurance of the ordeal of operating for the presidency. A yr earlier than the election, Newsweek assigns newshounds to get contained in the campaigns of the Republican and Democratic applicants. Newsweek offers to not submit any details till after the votes are forged, and in trade, the journalists obtain notable entry. They trip with the applicants, are there at the most important turning issues and exclusive conferences, and discover tales no longer coated in daily reporting. during this ebook, a compelling narrative through Evan Thomas, Newsweek stocks the interior tales from the most fascinating elections in fresh heritage, illuminating the personalities and occasions that motivated the end result, and taking inventory of the major gamers and key matters for the recent management. it will be an soaking up learn for somebody drawn to American politics.

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The crystal palace, in the winter of 2007, turned into a snake pit. The Weaver-Nelson camp blamed Davis’s people in fundraising for not drumming up enough money; the Davis camp blamed the Nelson-Weaver management for spending money they didn’t have. Davis whispered to Cindy that headquarters was filled with résumé padders and mercenaries who weren’t really there out of loyalty to John McCain. The candidate seemed irritated and slightly bewildered. ” McCain was an inveterate cell-phoner. qxd 12/2/08 12:59 PM Page 36 “a long time coming” former—for information.

He’s very likable. I agree with that. ” On Election Day, undecided women voters broke almost entirely Clinton’s way. That night, in the press-filing center, New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza was putting the finishing touches on a 10,000-word story on Rocket Ship Obama. “I think I’m f–––ed,” he said. ” Obama was sitting in a coach’s office in a high-school gym when the results came in. Axelrod knocked on the door, and Obama stepped outside into the hallway. “It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen,” said Axelrod.

The Clintonites were not entirely wrong about the press. At the final Iowa debate, on Dec. 13, Obama was asked how he could really present himself as the candidate of change when so many of his advisers had worked in the Clinton administration. As he professorially cleared his throat (“Well, you know, I . . ” Obama was starting to feel confident, even cocky again. During December, he took Oprah Winfrey with him as a kind of warmup act, and crowds by the tens of thousands began turning out in the early-winter chill.

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