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How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative Paperback – September 2, 2008
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"Refreshingly candid about his vindictive motives, Raymond offers a damning chronicle of political hubris." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Paints a picture of the corruption of modern politics that should leave no doubt about the creativity and cynicism of operatives like Mr. Raymond or the need for tough new election-reform legislation." -- Adam Cohen, The New York Times
"Offers a raw, inside glimpse of the phone scandal as it unraveled and of a ruthless world in which political operatives seek to win at all costs." -- McClatchy News Service
"Raymond offers an insider's look at the world of dirty campaigning and hardball politics. [A]n engaging read...the book is hard to put down." -- Nathaniel French, St. Petersburg Times
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If you want to see what the top of the Republican world looks like to an RNC hotshot (and Raymond was picked by the RNC to teach their up-and-comers just how to do business) this book is for you. "If you don't know who the sucker in the room is, it's you." See Karl Rove in a glass cage orchestrating his minions "like Darth Vader in his life-support pod." Hear GWB make the same joke again and again with staffers (and no one else) laughing each time. Observe the surprisingly seamy tactics of DCI Group's Tony Feather and Tom Synhorst.
Allen Raymond spent fifteen years on the Karl Rove side of Republican politics. This book details many stunts more colorful than phone-jamming. Deceptive robocalls to Democrats from "scary black men" or "actors putting on thick Spanish accents" worked wonders at keeping them home on Election Day. Swapping soft money for hard--funneling GOP dollars to "spoiler" Democratic candidates--engineering repeat contributions from donors who had already given their legal limit--Raymond names names and shows how each trick works. During one Superbowl, Allen masterminded a midgame annoying phone call to--maybe you just have to read the book to understand that one.
Probably the biggest reason that GOP insiders want you not to read this book is that it showcases the in-crowd's complete contempt for their supporters -- "the Jesus-loves-guns crowd" -- "the knuckle-draggers, the gunnies, and the committed ideologue nuts.Read more ›
Refreshingly, the author takes full responsibility for the things he did to slime opponents when he was in the dirty tricks business. He did his jail time and doesn't whine about it.
1. He was (and maybe still is) full of himself and that is what led him into trouble. But his arrogance was the norm and his behavior was condoned.
2. The name dropping of who he worked for and the titles he had indicate he was a high level operative. Working for Haley Barbour is a big deal. Being in business with him is an even bigger deal. He is both proud of what he accomplished and ashamed of what he did.
3. But for a few twists of fate he would have continued along his merry way subverting democracy. He is very honest that he was trying to work his way back into the top echelon of the GOP that had been taken over by Bushies.
He avoids the temptation to kitchen sink every wrong doing he had heard of and only talks about dirty tricks he had direct knowledge of.
It is a must read at the cost and you can finish it very quickly. If you are reading it on a coast to coast flight better bring a 2nd book.
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Allen Raymond started as a PR associate in New York City and after getting an MA in political management from Baruch College (the program is now part of George Washington... Read morePublished 23 months ago by bellczar
The author of this book is apparently under the impression that the reported election results is actually what the public voted.Published on December 26, 2013 by D. Morrissette
I gorged myself on this book. Fascinating stuff. As a person who is presently rather left-leaning, it was most interesting to see how the political process worked... Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Andrew Winston Tuttle
Funny read, and sadly too true. In my state we have seen some of these types of tactics for years including quite a few not in this book. Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by microjoe
I have around 20 books on my reading list, but when I received How to Rig an Election in the mail and read the first page as I traditionally do, it moved to the front of my reading... Read morePublished on October 14, 2010 by Ari Melman
This book is an unpleasant but necessary read to better understand the politics of campaigning and why we can't get men and women of honesty and integrity let alone intelligence... Read morePublished on September 21, 2010 by A. Cutter
My gorgeous young wife wanted to make love, but I couldn't take my nose out of this book to oblige her. Read morePublished on April 14, 2010 by David M. Shapiro
I picked this book up at the Wichita Public Library after finding it on Amazon.com. I well and truly hate this book and especially its author for a multitude of... Read more