By Alan Huffman, Michael Rejebian
In politics, discovering the airborne dirt and dust is a multimillion-dollar company.
It’s referred to as competition research—“oppo” to insiders. Few american citizens are conscious of its lifestyles, but oppo has turn into an essential component of the crusade method, hastening the implosion of numerous office-seekers round the state.
for almost 20 years, former reporters Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian were uncovering the buried truths approximately political applicants, from presidential appointees right down to neighborhood school-board hopefuls. We’re with Nobody is the eye-opening account in their lifestyles as competition researchers—a impressive event around the American political panorama and during the usually seamy underbelly of U.S. politics. From doing conflict with reluctant, occasionally purposefully deceptive bureaucrats to arriving in an unmarked police automobile for a clandestine assembly at the New Jersey waterfront, We’re with Nobody deals readers a revealing slice of nationwide and political lifestyles: a close-up examine today’s political procedure, the fallible women and men we regularly decide to symbolize us and the little-understood of attempting to deliver candidates’ weaknesses to gentle.
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We've come too far for that," says the letter. And Obama has come too far as an inspiring new breed of politician on the national scene to muck around in local politics, endorsing machine hack candidates and substituting party for principle. 53 Welcome to the "new, post-partisan politics" Obama has promised. Stroger may have been a symbol of corruption, but he was a Democrat, and his opponent was a Republican. Obama endorsed him, employing what even liberals called misleading scare tactics. It was not his first collaboration in Chicago's corruption, and it would not be the last in his long record of un-reform.
He has endorsed Daley, endorsed Daley's hapless stooge Todd Stroger for president of the Cook County Board. 55 That's not entirely true. Obama did back one loser in 2007, Alderman Dorothy Tillman. 56 Tillman's most important legislative initiative was a city ordinance to provide reparations for slavery. 58 Obama endorsed a marginally sane, self-dealing politician on the grounds that she had endorsed him in 2004. 59 It was a small victory for sanity and for Chicago, no thanks to reformer Obama. Richard M.
He is simply another liberal Democratic politician who will divide America along the same lines as it has been divided for decades. As a policy-maker, Obama has very bad ideas that would hurt America- -they are the same ideas that have been floating around Washington for years, though in some cases more extreme. The same ideas espoused by Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, or any of Obama's other liberal ideological soulmates on Capitol Hill. On abortion, he stands to the left of even these liberals- -once you understand his position, you see that he is to the left of almost everyone in America.
We're with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics by Alan Huffman, Michael Rejebian