Collision 2012

Collision 2012

Obama Vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America

eBook - 2013
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-- The Battle for America 2008 Four years ago, a bright young presidential candidate named Barack Obama campaigned on a theme of hope and change, and made history. Today, he finds himself in another bitter, divisive presidential race but without the buzzwords. Instead, an embattled president struggles with a dysfunctionally divided Congress, the controversial healthcare bill, a decade-long war, and a stagnant economy. Obama's Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, former corporate tycoon and former governor of Massachusetts, faces his own controversies in the form of vague policies, fluctuating positions, and questions about his business practices in the private sector. Romney's personal fortune and business background seemed at odds with the Republican base until he named Wisconsin congressman, Tea Party darling and fiscal conservative Paul Ryan as his running mate. Using sources deep inside both campaigns and on the campaign trail through primary and battleground states, Washington Post.
Publisher: New York : Viking/Penguin Group (USA), 2013
ISBN: 9781101622766
1101622768
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (400 pages)

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george0819 Sep 16, 2013

This book should be a MUST READ ! Despite Mr. Balz "left" leanings, he writes regularly for the Washington Post, he provides an incredibly insightful story, with an appropriate amount of balance. The significance of the story is both it's political and sociological impact. Mr. Balz's appears to outline, quite well, the significant changes in social media, Twitter did not exist in the '08 election, combined with the sociological subtext of whether President Obama is truly a "transformational" political figure or whether his support team discerned the significance of data-mining before anyone else. He does a substantially better job of accessing both sides of the story, Obama and Romney, than Woodword, for example, who's sources seem uneven.You need not be a "political junkie" to find fascinating the potential shift in American voting patterns, as Hispanic's, a growing minority, appear to be heavily leaning democratic, while whites continue to stick to the republican mantra.Here again, is it unique to Mr. Obama, or a philosophical move toward different principles. A somewhat disturbing theme is the reliance on "data-mining", particularly in light of the current NSA revelations. It appears that political parties now have access to historical voting records, which if true, is highly unsettling. 5 Stars + on all fronts !!

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pterry25
Sep 10, 2013

good review of the campaign. Clinton's analysis that the flip flop of Romney should be replaced with business expertise - spot on. Romney comes off as clueless. Not compassionate.

knicksman Aug 30, 2013

Why hasn't the library secured hard copies of this book? Why only ebooks?

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