A guide to who gets whacked
Andy Barr, Jonathan Martin – Tue Nov 17
Getting even with those who crossed her, praising her allies and generally putting a self-serving sheen on last year’s presidential campaign, “Going Rogue” is typical of the political memoir genre of recent vintage. It’s the sort of book that will send the political class scurrying to bookstores, eager to see how they fared in what’s known as “the Washington read.”
With no index, though, Palin’s book has made that ritual more difficult.
So POLITICO, having obtained a copy of the book before its Tuesday release, has created a reader’s guide to “Going Rogue,” grouping the many characters into three categories: Friends, Foes, In Between.
Below the Fold we provide a commentary and links to a number of books about the prospects for honest independent government in 2012 and beyond.
Phi Beta Iota: John McCain has been quiet about his loss, but from we sit he was a fall-guy. The Bush mafia and the Wall Street mafia had their playbook: $750 million ($300 million of which has not yet been accounted for) to the slick guy from Indiana, and McCain gets left wounded on the battlefield. Been there, done that–integrity lost to theater. Sarah Palin, has she been allowed to be First Mom and apply her common sense, could have been the winning card, but the deck was stacked. We talked to insiders in the McCain campaign headquarters who told us that “Vice Presidential Operations” was fully staffed three months before Palin was picked, and had no real interest in who she was other than a token for the kabuki theater to be played out to Wall Street’s satisfaction Of course McCain lost it himself when he list Bush-Cheney get away with the bail-out in the first place–had he said “over my dead body” and gone full bore in support to the naturally cautious Republicans in the House, he might have overcome the rigged election.
A few books that give us hope for the future of the USA: