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By Staff of Newsweek, Evan Thomas

ISBN-10: 0786747951

ISBN-13: 9780786747955

In keeping with in-depth reporting by way of a distinct group of Newsweek journalists and written by way of bestselling writer Evan Thomas, A very long time Coming tells the interior tale of Barack Obama’s overcome Senator John McCain to develop into the 1st African-American U.S. president. In juicy element, it chronicles the lengthy siege among Obama and Hillary Clinton, the wild experience of John McCain, and the explosive arrival of Sarah Palin. eventually, it indicates how Obama overcame instances of vexation and self-doubt to rework himself from the consummate outsider to the convinced chief of an unstoppable political movement—one that introduced wish and the potential for redemption to the USA.

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Hillary Clinton would have the establishment behind her, which meant that she’d have the early money (or so it was thought), the endorsements and a national organization. For the meeting, Rouse had prepared a list of six questions. ” Thus, in a dim room in Chicago, was launched one of the most formidable political operations ever seen in American politics. But its potential was not obvious at the time. Obama fretted about his showing in the early going, particularly his shaky debating skills. “It’s worse than I thought,” he told Axelrod after he watched the videotape of one dismal performance in the summer of 2007.

The New New Democrat, or the safely liberal former community organizer from Chicago? It seems safe to say that he would not have won as he did if he had appeared to be an eloquent Walter Mondale, or a tactically brilliant Michael Dukakis. He ran as a more practical kind of center-left politician—not a Great Society liberal, but one who, in the tradition of Bill Clinton, believes in pursuing progressive goals through centrist means and with an occasionally conservative cultural message. The “socialist” attacks of the McCain-Palin ticket failed in part because they stretched credulity.

The McCain campaign was supposed to be a lavish money machine; the draft budget was for more than $110 million. But the money did not come in. Most campaigns can expect 80 to 85 percent of donors to honor their pledges. In the McCain campaign, fewer than half did. “They come, they eat our food, they drink our liquor, they get their pictures taken,” said McCain’s aide Mark Salter. ” Most candidates don’t like doing the “ask,” begging strangers for dollars. McCain virtually stopped making calls, and his chief money raiser, Carla Eudy, stopped asking him to do it.

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