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

By Staff of Newsweek, Evan Thomas

On the grounds that 1984, Newsweek has been popular for its vibrant, in-depth distinctive election assurance of the ordeal of operating for the presidency. A 12 months sooner than the election, Newsweek assigns newshounds to get contained in the campaigns of the Republican and Democratic applicants. Newsweek provides to not put up any details till after the votes are forged, and in alternate, the newshounds obtain amazing entry. They shuttle with the applicants, are there at an important turning issues and personal conferences, and discover tales now not lined in day by day reporting. during this e-book, a compelling narrative via Evan Thomas, Newsweek stocks the interior tales from probably the most intriguing elections in fresh historical past, illuminating the personalities and occasions that inspired the end result, and taking inventory of the major gamers and key matters for the hot management. this may be an soaking up learn for an individual drawn to American politics.

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Get out some lawn chairs and sit outside and drink a couple of beers with the buddies at night. After all, there was nothing left to lose. “You’re a fan of literature. You’re a fan of the movies. Plays have three acts. Movies have narrative arcs. Your campaign is dead,” said Schmidt. “There is only one narrative left—the comeback. ” Schmidt touched McCain’s mad-as-hell, romantic streak at just the right moment. ”) McCain’s sometime traveling buddy was Senator Graham, who shared his streak of black humor.

Qxd 12/2/08 12:59 PM Page 42 “a long time coming” McCain’s political obituary, Salter realized. ” McCain kept stoically slogging along, but the grim set of his jaw and his dogged left-foot, right-foot determination were plain to see. He dropped his resistance to making fundraising calls, but the donors were still holding back, and the crowds on the trail were small and listless. It was a blue period for McCain; he was sustained mostly by grit. But then, grit is not something McCain has in short supply.

Salter wanted to believe that the Times editors were “grown-ups,” as he put it to Schmidt. The accusations were too flimsy and the Times was too reputable. “I know them,” he told Schmidt. “They’re adults. ” Schmidt was not so sure. He regarded himself as a realist about the media: he was willing to use reporters and even be used by them. He regarded the media as a problem needing vigilant attention. Even the friendliest reporters, the ones whose company he enjoyed at hotel bars, could be expected to turn on the campaign.

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