columbialion's Reviews > Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party

Showdown by David Corn
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May 03, 2012

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Primarily written for political junkies and policy wonks, author Corn delivers the real inside narrative to Obama's first term as POTUS. Regardless of political persuasion, "Showdown" pulls away the curtain and allows the reader to peer into the sausage factory of political maneuvering that was required of this president, in an environment of recalcitrance and obstructionism by the GOP. The author makes strong arguments for the remarkable legislative successes Obama secured, within that hostile atmosphere and political mine field. Although at times author Corn seriously indicts the extremism of the GOP "Tea Party" ideologists, he carefully explains to the reader how those achievements were secured without the typical political "bomb throwing" machinations, but rather through a cingular belief by Obama, that the best way to move the country forward was through incremental consensus and mostly bipartisan agreement. From healthcare to raising the debt limit to Obamas willingness to put his presidency on the line in his successful stealth elimination of BinLaden, the author chronicles Obama's first term. The author clearly dispels the readily accepted myths that paint this president as a radical out of control liberal, when in reality he has clearly governed from the center right political spectrum. He allows the reader to draw their own conclusions and offers a primer for the upcoming 2012 election, and presents the low information voter the opportunity to better understand this president.
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