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We Didn’t Even Have a Horse – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on We Didn’t Even Have a Horse – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Political Communication, Political Fiction, Politics, US Politics

The story seems too good to be true – but people who should know swear that it is true. The first time that Huey P. Long campaigned in rural, Latin, Catholic south Louisiana, the local boss who had him in charge said at the beginning of the tour: “Huey, you ought to remember one thing […]

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Folks don’t listen to you when your voice is low and patient and you stop them in the hot sun and make them do arithmetic – “All the King’s Men”, Robert Penn Warren

July 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Folks don’t listen to you when your voice is low and patient and you stop them in the hot sun and make them do arithmetic – “All the King’s Men”, Robert Penn Warren · Campaigning, Political Communication, Political Fiction, Politics, Quotes

Willie went out and buttonholed folks on the street and tried to explain things to them. You could see Willie standing on a street corner, sweating through his seersucker suit, with his hair down in his eyes, holding an old envelope in one hand and a pencil in the other, working out figures to explain […]

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On Political Fiction – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens 

July 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on On Political Fiction – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens  · Political Fiction, Politics, Writing

As Thomas Mallon, one of the city’s few resident literary novelists, once put it: Washington novels, such as they are, tend to be found on racks at National Airport, the raised gold letters of their titles promising a bomb on Air Force One or a terrorist kidnapping of the First Lady. There’s a reason for […]

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Labor: A source of Drama – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr 

May 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on Labor: A source of Drama – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr  · Australian Labor Party, History, Political Fiction, Politics, Writing

Rawson’s Book (Labor in Vain?: A Survey of the ALP, 1966) is sound political science, readable and relevant. Flciking it open, years after I reviewed it for the student paper, I’m struck now by this insight into the ALP: “The ALP has always been a great source of drama, high and low comedy and even […]

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Upton Sinclair – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint

April 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Upton Sinclair – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint · Campaigning, Political Communication, Political Fiction, Politics, US Politics

In 1934 (Upton Sinclair) abandoned the Socialist Party and then entered the Democratic Party Primary for governor. He reasoned that a Socialist could not get elected; he had to win an election before he could enact a single policy. He based his campaign on a utopian novel he had just written, called, I, Governor of […]

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A Near Impossible Environment for Politicians – “Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics” – Joe Klein 

June 16th, 2011 · Comments Off on A Near Impossible Environment for Politicians – “Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics” – Joe Klein  · Ethics, Journalism, Newspapers, Political Communication, Political Fiction, Politics, Spin, The Media

Joe Klein on his outing as the Author of Primary Colors: As for me, I learned some important things as a result of Primary Colors. The first, and perhaps most significant, lesson came the night of my press conference. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat or concentrate enough to read, my mouth was dry, my […]

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I Read it as a Civilian – “Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics” – Anonymous

June 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on I Read it as a Civilian – “Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics” – Anonymous · Journalism, Political Fiction, Politics, The Media

The Sunday morning papers had Freddie Picker being endorsed by the governor of Pennsylvania and most of the state’s congressional delegation. I read it as a civilian might, without a twinge. There had been days, months, when I could soar or dive on the hint of a nuance in a one-paragraph item buried in The […]

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Giving Politicians the Benefit of the Doubt – “Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics”

June 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on Giving Politicians the Benefit of the Doubt – “Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics” · Ethics, Journalism, Newspapers, Political Communication, Political Fiction, Politics, Spin, The Media

Joe Klein on the reception of the book…. All these politicians had the same message for me: Don’t worry about the press, keep writing and … oh, by the way, you really got it right in Primary Colors. In gratitude, I decided to start giving politicians the benefit of the doubt, especially on trivial things. […]

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The Price You Pay to Lead – “Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics” – Anonymous 

June 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Price You Pay to Lead – “Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics” – Anonymous  · Campaigning, Electoralism, Leadership, Means and Ends, Morality, Political Fiction, Politics

Only certain kinds of people are cut out for this work—and, yeah, we are not princes, by and large. Henry, you know this better than anyone. You’ve watched Larkin, you’ve watched O’Brien, you’ve watched me do it. Two thirds of what we do is reprehensible. This isn’t the way a normal human being acts. We […]

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Stroking, Stroking, Promising, Praising – “Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics” – Anonymous

June 14th, 2011 · Comments Off on Stroking, Stroking, Promising, Praising – “Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics” – Anonymous · Political Fiction, Politics

I hated this part of it—reminded me of the crap I had to do with Larkin: stroking, stroking, promising, praising.

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