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Politics by Other Means: Politicians, Prosecutors, and the Press from Watergate to Whitewater (Third Edition) 3rd Edition
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There are points that the authors could pursue that would strengthen this work. It would be worthwhile to note that low voter turnout, particularly in the case of primary elections, works to create nominees of the more extreme wings of the parties. If more voters than just the party faithful were to show up perhaps deadlock and institutional combat would be precluded. But the authors seem to blame the failure of voter mobilization on the leaders rather than on the disinterested electorate.
Another notion that could be suggested is that the United States has entered another "Gilded Age" where there are no over-arching issues around which consensus can be reached. Isn't it possible that this combat may be a result of the end of the Cold War? Didn't a new power structure need to be created in that vacuum?
Additionally, the authors write of the media and its rise to power but fail to fully explore the increased capacity, or presence, of the current wall-to-wall coverage.
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This book is a good explanation of political battle without the electorate being involved. It reveals some of the more tragic but interesting and lesser known political methods in... Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by Straightforward