"Game Change" by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann offers more heat than light.
If you were one of the voters who enjoyed viewing the 2008 election of Barack Obama to the US presidency as a lofty symbol of change, scanning "Game Change" by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann may – sadly – convince you of the opposite. The book, by two high-profile campaign reporters, is only being released today. But it is already making headlines of the least attractive variety.
Among the most-talked-about/blogged-about tidbits in the book:
– Senate majority leader Harry Reid's racially insensitive remarks about President Obama's appeal as a "light-skinned" African American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
– Reports of a "war room within a war room" within the Hillary Clinton campaign, allegedly pulled together to deal with questions about Bill Clinton's fidelity, including rumors that he was having "a sustained romantic relationship" with an unidentified woman.
– Some particularly ugly revelations about life within the John Edwards campaign, including reports that some of his staffers strongly suspected that he was having an affair well before it was reported in the media and a devastating portrayal of his wife Elizabeth as "abusive, intrusive, paranoid."
Of course there's more as well (including Obama's reported lack of enthusiasm over being paired with Joe Biden, Sarah Palin's supposed remorse – after her interview with Katie Couric – over having accepted the vice-presidential nomination, her reported propensity to mistakenly call Joe Biden "O'Biden", and charges that Chuck Schummer and other Democratic senators backed Hillary Clinton in public but Barack Obama in private.) You can read about it in The Atlantic or ABC News) or Politico or just about anywhere else you look online this morning.