By Staff of Newsweek, Evan Thomas
When you consider that 1984, Newsweek has been well known for its shiny, in-depth distinctive election insurance of the ordeal of working for the presidency. A 12 months prior to the election, Newsweek assigns newshounds to get contained in the campaigns of the Republican and Democratic applicants. Newsweek grants to not put up any details till after the votes are forged, and in trade, the journalists obtain striking entry. They go back and forth with the applicants, are there at an important turning issues and personal conferences, and discover tales now not lined in daily reporting. during this booklet, a compelling narrative by way of Evan Thomas, Newsweek stocks the interior tales from some of the most interesting elections in contemporary historical past, illuminating the personalities and occasions that motivated the result, and taking inventory of the foremost avid gamers and key concerns for the recent management. this can be an soaking up learn for a person drawn to American politics.
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The size of the crowds was increasing, and McCain began to creep up in the polls, especially in New Hampshire. He was blessed by the quality of his opponents. In the grim days of summer, when a Newsweek reporter had asked why he shouldn’t join the rest of the press corps in reading the last rites for McCain’s presidential aspirations, Rick Davis had responded with an incongruously cheerful smile. Nothing personal, he said; our opponents are all good men, some of them are my friends—but politically speaking?
On the campaign trail, her platinum blond hair pulled back in a sleek but severe style, she was a notably unsmiling presence. During the 2000 campaign, she had been reduced to tears when Republican dirty tricksters started putting out the word that she had been addicted to painkillers (true, but successfully kicked) and that McCain had fathered a love child with a black hooker (the smear artists used photos of the McCains’ daughter Bridget, adopted from a Bangladeshi orphanage by Cindy). Cindy had blamed the Bush operation, and she bridled against “those Bush people” now surrounding her husband.
McCain virtually stopped making calls, and his chief money raiser, Carla Eudy, stopped asking him to do it. The campaign had boasted that it could raise $50 million in the allimportant first quarter of 2007, an amount that might have intimidated the opposition. Instead McCain raised $13 million, less than either Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani. Rick Davis, manager of the 2000 campaign, had not been exiled altogether; he had just been pushed aside, told to talk up the donors and handle what was called “the Mrs.