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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but depressing, May 20, 2012
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This review is from: Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives (Hardcover)
Robert Draper was able to get several congressmen and staff people to confide in him about what was taking place. Its not a pretty picture and there are people on both sides of the aisle who do not come across very well. Most disturbing is the rigid, non-compromising positions taken by the freshman representatives who were supported by the Tea Party. They fervently believe in their positions, however simplistic some of them may be, but are incapable of giving any credence to people who disagree with them, even members of their own party. Speaker Boehner comes across as someone genuinely trying to get things accomplished but frustrated by many of the Republican freshmen and forced to work with a majority leader who has his own agenda, taking Boehner's job.

Surprisingly, Rep. Dingell comes across as one of the most sensible people. I have not had a favorable view of him in the past. Dingell has been around for many years and has seen almost everything. He succeeds in doing his own thing in his own way.

Another surprise is that Rep. Pelosi fares fairly well. Of course as minority leader, there was not much that she could influence.

There is little basis for optimism. If Romney wins, he will have to contend with the many Republicans who only see things their way and will not be likely to do his bidding if, as seems likely, he moves to the center. Further, the Democrats could decide to borrow Sen. McConnell's page and refuse to compromise either with the goal of making Romney a one term President. I believe that if Romney actually governed in accordance with the rigid Tea Party positions and pushes the deep spending reductions they demand, it will be disastrous for the county.

If Obama wins, I see nothing to indicate there will be an end to grid lock. Given the mandatory spending reductions, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the expiration of the payroll tax reduction, disaster could well loom here also.
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Initial post: May 24, 2012 12:44:57 PM PDT
R. Still says:
I thought Pelosi came off better than well. You must give her her due - she was able to get the votes she needed for just about everything she was asked to do - even the public option in health care reform. I don't believe we've ever had a more effective Speaker of the House, and I'm anxious to get her back into that office, one Boehner seems scandalously inadequate to fill.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 1:34:03 AM PDT
A. Varona says:
This book may prove to be more valuable than you might imagine. When the president reads it, and I have no doubt he will, this book might be the kickstart he needs to find his inner TR, his inner Harry Truman. Heck, there are lots of presidents to inspire and provide guidance, and they all had one thing in common: the ability to tell it like it is, honestly and with conviction. Much like Nancy Pelosi has always done. She's a smart cookie, effective, and always had the interests of the American people at heart. I think ppl didn't like her b/c they don't like being told what to do by a girl.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 12:50:58 AM PDT
LadyInPurple says:
What this reviewer failed to take into account, is that most of the boys who came for tea will be voted out this year!
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