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Election 2012: The Battle Begins (The RealClearPolitics Political Download) Kindle Edition

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Length: 125 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 2335 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (November 11, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S6VMYE
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Delaware on November 20, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Excellent book about the 2012 Presidential election, which is in its infancy. This book is set to be the first of a three or four part series of downloadable e-books about the election. These e-books will then be turned into a paper book which will be released following the outcome of the election.

Book was very up to date, ending with a mention of the Herman Cain sexual harassment hullabaloo and the start of the Occupy Wall Street protests. The book didn't manage to get in Rick Perry's recent poor debate performance where he couldn't name the federal agencies he'd eliminate.

All in all the book was a good read, and I am especially interested in the idea of it.

A few things that I wish had been included:

When discussing the Tea Party movement, there was little mention of the intellectual forces behind the movement. I read with interest the portion discussing Dick Armey, but I was surprised to see no mention of Friedrich Hayek. I'll never forget a Dick Armey speech I saw on C-SPAN back in early 2010, where he encouraged those who didn't understand the Tea Party movement to, "Read Hayek! Read, "The Road to Serfdom!". After that I began to watch a great deal of Tea Party speeches, and began noticing repeated references to Hayek.

The e-book also contained no reference to Ayn Rand, either. This omission is made in spite of the fact that "I am John Galt" posters became a common site at Tea Party rallies.

Rand's popularity following the financial crisis was an odd, and little discussed fact. Even Mark Sanford, the 2012 GOP contender who lost his chance to run because of his relationship with a South American woman, emerged from political exile to write a Newsweek op-ed about the Conservative movement, and, yes, Ayn Rand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Condon on December 28, 2011
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Even before the first vote is cast, this insightful look at the early campaign tells us why the candidates are doing what they are doing and what is driving the voters. Makes you want to read the chapters still to come.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt Lewis on December 8, 2011
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This is a terrific behind the scenes look at the beginning of the 2012 campaign. These are two guys who really know their stuff!
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By Greg on November 24, 2012
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Unbiased review of the 2012 Presidential Election, particularly from the Republican side through the primaries. Great way to boil 18 months down to an afternoon read!
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