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Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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Some of the shots Draper takes are obvious ones, like the idiotic hubris of Rep. Anthony Weiner, who got what he deserved. Draper skewers Weiner ruthlessly here and takes no prisoners on either side of the aisle. Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi is revealed as despised by members of her own party for forcing unpopular votes on vulnerable members in the 111th Congress that cost many their seats in the 2010 elections. President Obama comes in for criticism from congressmen for his unwillingness to lead or to use his political capital to advance causes near and dear to his heart.Read more ›
Draper discusses events from 2010-2012 in great detail (with the chapter on the debt ceiling particularly well detailed), but there is little analysis of Congressional history and no discussion of what the future of the House might look like. The book lacks a major overriding theme or argument, so the reader is left to reach his/her own conclusions. The book is nonetheless entertaining reading and based on the bibliography, Draper conducted an appropriate number of interviews to create an authoritative portrayal of the members highlighted. Draper also did a good job of exposing the conflicts facing the Freshman between being leaders and representatives of their constituents by observing town hall meetings and other district gatherings. Readers who greatly enjoy politics will be very satisfied by this book and the unique perspective is offers.
But the Republicans do not come off well in this account. McCarthy and Boehner create a monster by enabling misbehavior by the freshmen, who are accountable to no one. Of course, the safeness of their districts, their lack of any real debt to the party for their election, and the end of the old pork barrel politics of earmarks would make it very difficult for a Sam Rayburn style leader to control these guys. The irritating thing is that having provoked a confrontation in the debt limit crisis, the freshmen then still don't provide the votes necessary to deliver a deal that's pretty good for their side. So the Democrats hold their nose and vote along -- blaming Obama's negotiating ineptitude in the process. This perhaps explains why the the 2013 debt limit crisis will be far harder to resolve. There are a lot of hard feelings on the Hill, and the Tea Party act is really beginning to wear on people.
The most disturbing thing about the Tea Party Republicans is their lack of intellectual curiousity. They have some core general principles that they don't question: we spend too much, government is too big. But what does that really mean? And one cannot get the U.S.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Typical political read. I like reading different books from different party members so I can extrapolate my own opinions. This one is a fact-checking mind burner. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kimberly Headley
The capture of the way the GOP plotted against a US President is well written.Published 3 months ago by Blasingame Audio
Great book. I read it awhile back but today I thought of it again. Kevin McCarthy another loser.Published 4 months ago by C. Jackman
Fantastic description of the 112th Congress. Reads like a novel and is a compelling read.Published 8 months ago by Christopher Curfman
To Mr. Draper: I'd love to read this book, but need it in audio due to vision limitations. Kindle TTS WhisperSync would also work. Read morePublished 9 months ago by beachik