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Game Change by John Heilemann
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Mar 14, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012
Read on March 14, 2012

Fascinating book. Please, help me undertand this, because it's mind-boggling to me

1. they all start campaining years in advance to reach obscene fundraising goals (which apparently hasn't changed since this current election already seems to have gone on forever and it's only March)

2. they raise 10s of millions of dollars per quarter, which in this economy seems obscene at best

3. they raise said funds in order to make speeches and air commercials where they say why they will make a better President than their opponent and how awful the other candidate is...and maybe occasionally talk about specific policies and how they plan on doing what they promise to do. But mostly it's character assassination

4. during the primaries they attack the opponent in their own party, but if that opponent wins, then they becomes allies of opponent... which doesn't seem too sincere now does it?

5. there were at least two people on this planet willing to sleep with John Edwards

6. manipulating the public to think something about an opponent that really isn't true, or is embellished, is not only excepted, it's rewarded

7. Iowa? Really?

and most importantly....
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