by Jerome Armstrong, Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 09:02:59 AM EDT
I am just finishing "We almost Made it", a campaign book on Ford's near comeback in 1976. Written by Malcolm D. MacDougall, who directed the media for the campaign, its an inside account of what went on in his small world as Ford lost to Carter. What was remarkable to me was how 'clean' the campaign seemed compared to recent ones. The McCain folks have sometimes pointed toward Ford's campaign as a model for how McCain will close against Obama. My guess is that McCain closes some, but too little (within about a 4% margin) and too late (last 3-4 days of the campaign).
I gotta couple of books in the mail yesterday that are on my reading pile:
"In A Time of War" by Bill Murphy. It details veterans of the mideast wars we've been involved with, as they return home. There are about one and a half million Americans have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, and the author did around six hundred interviews for In a Time of War. This post by Murphy reminded me of my Iraq-vet brother (who now mines for gold up in Alaska):
"Red, Blue & Purple America", edited by Ruy Teixeira. I chatted with Ruy about a week ago, before he did a presentation for Brookings, about the 2008 GE. He's gotta feel pretty good about the thesis from his original groundbreaking book, The Emerging Democratic Majority. I still see TEDM as the book that laid out the architecture for what the new coalition majorities would look like-- youth, professionals, minorities, and woman. These are the demographics that make up the new majority, and combined with the use of technology, the groundwork for a lasting coalition. I don't see the Republican Party recovering anytime soon unless the Democrats blow it-- either by leading the nation into another prolonged war in the middle east, or earmarking and pork-laden governing; that's the only way that Republicans could possible pick up a 'reform' banner anytime soon.The alternate title of this post could be "what I wish I had the time to read" because I usually get around 15 minutes before I sleep of reading nowadays, at most, after the days workload (I'm really looking forward to the week down on the Keys after the election).