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Politics Lost - How American Democracy Was Trivialized by People Who Think You're Stupid-logo

Politics Lost - How American Democracy Was Trivialized by People Who Think You're Stupid

Joe Klein

People on the right are furious. People on the left are livid. And the center isn't holding. There is only one thing on which almost everyone agrees: there is something very wrong in Washington. The country is being run by pollsters. Few politicians are able to win the voters' trust. Blame abounds and personal responsibility is nowhere to be found. There is a cynicism in Washington that appalls those in every state, red or blue. The question is: Why? The more urgent question is: What can be done about it? Few people are more qualified to deal with both questions than Joe Klein. There are many loud and opinionated voices on the political scene, but no one sees or writes with the clarity that this respected observer brings to the table. He has spent a lifetime enmeshed in politics, studying its nuances, its quirks, and its decline. He is as angry and fed up as the rest of us, so he has decided to do something about it-in these pages, he vents, reconstructs, deconstructs, and reveals how and why our leaders are less interested in leading than they are in the "permanent campaign" that political life has become. The book opens with a stirring anecdote from the night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Klein re-creates the scene of Robert Kennedy's appearance in a black neighborhood in Indianapolis, where he gave a gut-wrenching, poetic speech that showed respect for the audience, imparted dignity to all who listened, and quelled a potential riot. Appearing against the wishes of his security team, it was one of the last truly courageous and spontaneous acts by an American politician-and it is no accident that Klein connects courage to spontaneity. From there, Klein begins his analysis-campaign by campaign-of how things went wrong. From the McGovern campaign polling techniques to Roger Ailes's combative strategy for Nixon; from Reagan's reinvention of the Republican Party to Lee Atwater's equally brilliant reinvention of behind-the-scenes strategizing; from Jimmy Carter to George H. W. Bush to Bill Clinton

People on the right are furious. People on the left are livid. And the center isn't holding. There is only one thing on which almost everyone agrees: there is something very wrong in Washington. The country is being run by pollsters. Few politicians are able to win the voters' trust. Blame abounds and personal responsibility is nowhere to be found. There is a cynicism in Washington that appalls those in every state, red or blue. The question is: Why? The more urgent question is: What can be done about it? Few people are more qualified to deal with both questions than Joe Klein. There are many loud and opinionated voices on the political scene, but no one sees or writes with the clarity that this respected observer brings to the table. He has spent a lifetime enmeshed in politics, studying its nuances, its quirks, and its decline. He is as angry and fed up as the rest of us, so he has decided to do something about it-in these pages, he vents, reconstructs, deconstructs, and reveals how and why our leaders are less interested in leading than they are in the "permanent campaign" that political life has become. The book opens with a stirring anecdote from the night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Klein re-creates the scene of Robert Kennedy's appearance in a black neighborhood in Indianapolis, where he gave a gut-wrenching, poetic speech that showed respect for the audience, imparted dignity to all who listened, and quelled a potential riot. Appearing against the wishes of his security team, it was one of the last truly courageous and spontaneous acts by an American politician-and it is no accident that Klein connects courage to spontaneity. From there, Klein begins his analysis-campaign by campaign-of how things went wrong. From the McGovern campaign polling techniques to Roger Ailes's combative strategy for Nixon; from Reagan's reinvention of the Republican Party to Lee Atwater's equally brilliant reinvention of behind-the-scenes strategizing; from Jimmy Carter to George H. W. Bush to Bill Clinton
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People on the right are furious. People on the left are livid. And the center isn't holding. There is only one thing on which almost everyone agrees: there is something very wrong in Washington. The country is being run by pollsters. Few politicians are able to win the voters' trust. Blame abounds and personal responsibility is nowhere to be found. There is a cynicism in Washington that appalls those in every state, red or blue. The question is: Why? The more urgent question is: What can be done about it? Few people are more qualified to deal with both questions than Joe Klein. There are many loud and opinionated voices on the political scene, but no one sees or writes with the clarity that this respected observer brings to the table. He has spent a lifetime enmeshed in politics, studying its nuances, its quirks, and its decline. He is as angry and fed up as the rest of us, so he has decided to do something about it-in these pages, he vents, reconstructs, deconstructs, and reveals how and why our leaders are less interested in leading than they are in the "permanent campaign" that political life has become. The book opens with a stirring anecdote from the night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Klein re-creates the scene of Robert Kennedy's appearance in a black neighborhood in Indianapolis, where he gave a gut-wrenching, poetic speech that showed respect for the audience, imparted dignity to all who listened, and quelled a potential riot. Appearing against the wishes of his security team, it was one of the last truly courageous and spontaneous acts by an American politician-and it is no accident that Klein connects courage to spontaneity. From there, Klein begins his analysis-campaign by campaign-of how things went wrong. From the McGovern campaign polling techniques to Roger Ailes's combative strategy for Nixon; from Reagan's reinvention of the Republican Party to Lee Atwater's equally brilliant reinvention of behind-the-scenes strategizing; from Jimmy Carter to George H. W. Bush to Bill Clinton

Language:

English

Narrators:

Terence McGovern

Length:

10h 8m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:21


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:51


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:15


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:40


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:19


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:17


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:29


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:31


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:35


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:28


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:52


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:37


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:55


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:49


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:11


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:05


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:40


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:36


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:21


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:58


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:39


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:45


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:15


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:57


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:04


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:33


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:32


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:08


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:58


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:12


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:50


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:12


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:55


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:28


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:01


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:09


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:26


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:56


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:30


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:40


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:13


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:16


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:36


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:05


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:32


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:35


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:53


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:12


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:47


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:13


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:34


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:59


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:00


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:21


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:51


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:26


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:48


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:08


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:13


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:20


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:35


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:17


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:59


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:22


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:06


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:18


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:58


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:59


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:14


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:23


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:47


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:10


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:44


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:25


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:28


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:21


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:03


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:31


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:26


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:06


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:32


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:39


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:27


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:06


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:15


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:04


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:49


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:27


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:00


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

02:08


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:58


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:03


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:20


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:12


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:36


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:54


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:37


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:59


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:30


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:58


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:07


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:27


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:58


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

01:57


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

02:40