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Down and Dirty : The Plot to Steal the Presidency Hardcover – March, 2001
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Tapper documents perdify, misadventure, and out-and-out stupidity on all THREE sides: Dems, Repubs, and the media. For whatever reason the media clearly ended up influencing the events in favor of the Republicans, and had they not the result might have been quite different.
The fact is that the GOP simply out-manuvered the Dems all though the campaign, and right through the post-election mess. If you want to see how they did it, this book is a good view into it. A must-read for anyone to be informed on contemporary politics.
Like no other election book on the market, Tapper personalizes the Florida drama, introducing us to the players with all of their human flaws and insecurities. Most important, he shows us how a single person can impact a nation.
With the same chatty, irreverent tone that singled out his election coverage on Salon.com, Tapper hones in on the greatest evil of modern politics -- a voting public that just doesn't give a damn. "Down and Dirty" shows the American people that they need to wake up and pay attention to who their leaders are. Shouldn't we expect more from our politicians than legal antics and dirty tricks?
In Jake Tapper's world there is little room for principle. We are informed through the recounted words and actions of virtually all of the major and minor players that the goal of BOTH sides in this battle was to win at virtually any cost. From the canvassing boards to the Florida legislature, from Tallahassee to Maimi, Jake Tapper is a fly on the wall buzzing about reminding us that everything we see and hear is not as we might believe.
The Republicans in Florida have their ox to gore while the Democrats are beating the bushes of south Florida for as many Gore votes as they can find or invent, all the while assuring us that "EVERY vote should count." In Down and Dirty, Jake Tapper paints a thought provoking picture of both sides engaged in a series of cynically coordinated and planned actions designed solely to assure that their candidate prevails. Whether it is talking points prepared by paid consultants, the Miami Dade Republican mob in loafers and polo shirts or Jesse Jackson whipping up the voters of Volusia, so many of these events are planned not to right a wrong but to manipulate public perceptions and to create just the right public response.Read more ›
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This book is less about the machinations of the 2000 elections and more of a political left-leaning book. What would you expect though.Published 17 months ago by K. Painter
This book should be required reading for any student of political science. Mr. Tapper does a fantastic job of taking the reader through all of the bullcrap that both sides tried to... Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by SaltLakeBrave
This cliche-ridden, clunky collection of quotes from the author's favored sources offers nothing that wasn't covered ad nauseum in the newspapers and the cable shout shows as it... Read morePublished on January 6, 2003
Admittedly, Tapper clearly leans to the left -- if "lean" is a strong enough word. But that doesn't stop him from aggressively investigating and reporting on many, many... Read morePublished on October 20, 2002
Worth reading but not by zealots of either side. It's a pretty even handed recitation of the tactics of both sides. Read morePublished on March 22, 2002 by JD
This book is a classic example of extracting a pound of lies from an ounce of truth. It is riddled with cliches and unsupported conclusions. It isn't even a good read. Read morePublished on March 6, 2002
A poor excuse for journalism - Mr. Tapper should keep to telling the story without the colorful references to "Bushies", "Gorbies" and his grating personal observances of figures... Read morePublished on March 2, 2002 by James P Sclabassi
Tapper provides a detailed account of the infamous Florida election debacle. His work includes a good deal of insightful background information on the major players and behind the... Read morePublished on February 6, 2002
It has now been proved, beyond a reasonable doubt, that had
Al Gore not contested just the four counties in Florida and had permitted Katherine Harris to certify the election,... Read more