Game Change

Game Change

Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of A Lifetime

Book - 2010 | 1st Harper Perennial pbk. ed.
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From two of the best political reporters in the country comes the gripping inside story of the historic 2008 presidential election. In this volume, the authors use their unrivaled access to pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2010.
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780061733642
0061733644
Branch Call Number: 324.973 HEILEMA
Characteristics: xvii, 456 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Halperin, Mark

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AQUILEA777
Feb 13, 2017

By 2007, many Democrats were fed up with Hillary's arrogance, deceitfulness, and fits of hysteria. She was planning her presidency even before the Iowa caucuses.
Obama's plan: Use race while accusing the Clintons of using race.
From 1991 to 2007, Obama's literary agency said he was born in Kenya. Hillary's camp pursued the issue. (Later she would blame it on Trump.) Obama called Hillary the Senator from Punjab.
The Clintons planted town hall questions for Hillary. She falsely claimed she had been under fire.
When the Clintons mentioned Obama's cocaine use, Hillary's strength with White workers, and RFK's death, they were thumped for racism and for hoping Obama would be shot.
Obama said stressing experience was racist. He lumped religion with racism as failings of poor Whites, and defended the White-hating Rev Wright.
The Clintons despised Obama for winning thru race-exploitation, but wanted him to pay off Hillary's $12 million campaign debt in return for her endorsement. Later the two sides pretended to love one another.
Obama next used race against McCain while accusing McCain of using race. Opposing Obama was racist per se.
McCain stressed his bombing of North Vietnam. Obama had not killed any foreigners; McCain loved America more. But McCain admitted Obama was honorable and thus not an Arab.
McCain showed love of country by making nitwit Sarah Palin his running mate. His staff feared she was crazy, but cried "sexism" to defend her -- just as Democrats cried "racism" for Obama. Obama felt frustrated: it didn't seem fair.
McCain paused his campaigning to focus on the financial crisis. He knew nothing of finance, had no idea what to do and offered none. Yet he pretended that he had saved the system.
The Clintons, Obama, and McCain had one thing in common: their favorite words "f---" and "a--h---".
(In 2012, Donna Brazile would accuse White voters of racism, though they had elected Obama four years before. In 2016, Democrats would blame their loss on racism and imaginary Russian/FBI conspiracies.)

booklady1 Oct 06, 2014

I enjoy Watching and reading about politics....so it was a great pleasure for me to read this entertaining, Juicy, gripping story of the 2008 campaign...from the early primaries to the final presidential election. One word SCANDALOUS! Well down Heilemann and Halperin.

Agent13 May 21, 2012

A fly on the wall account of the 2008 campaign. This wide ranging book looks at the process from the early primaries to the final presidential election. It struck me as gossipy, at times, with tales of Edwards and his close relationship with his mistress, Ms. Hunter, for example. A thorough understanding of the election process would have been better to this reader. If you like this way of viewing the election process, then this book is for you.

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sigridmac
Mar 07, 2012

If you are interested in a blow-by-blow description of the 2008 campaign, the real story behind Hillary Clinton's failure to capture the White House, and why John McCain chose Sarah Barracuda, this is your book. It was well-written, funny, and very detail oriented. My only complaint was that it was a little long and you would have to be very interested in US politics, as I am, to want to read all 430 some odd pages. And I have a sneaking suspicion that the authors lean toward the Democrats; other than that, this was a wonderful book.

SpencerSpencer Jan 10, 2012

Fascinating book. I couldn't put this one down because I wanted to find out more and more about the larger-than-life political characters we've all become famliar with and their behavior and thought processes behind the election scenes. Not only was this educational and informative, but I found the book to be tremendously entertaining. Certain politicians I now unexpectedly admire more and others I unexpectedly respect a little less.

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lotusreader
Aug 01, 2011

Eye-opening and wildly entertaining.

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pokano
Jul 04, 2011

I have read several books about the thrilling 2008 campaign and this one, along with Richard Elliott's book, is the best. Unlike many books, which merely rehash news columns written during the campaign, this one includes much new material. One flaw is that the authors have selected only the main candidates to follow, so that the treatment of lesser candidates is either cursory or omitted entirely. And in some cases, the book raises more questions than it answers, leaving the reader wanting more.

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jvb
May 07, 2011

Very readable and revealing.

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ckross
Apr 25, 2011

i read in March 2011, rather than the bookclub book of Still Alice

debwalker Dec 07, 2010

A truly juicy and compulsively readable account of the 2008 presidential campaign. Schadenfreude for everyone!

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