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9781412810838

Campaign Journal 2008: A Chronicle of Vision, Hope, and Glory

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    9781412810838

  • ISBN10:

    1412810833

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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In this distinctive and personal narrative of BarackObama’s 2008 campaign for the American presidency,Carlos Rangel chronicles the underlying currents of socialchange that led to this successful campaign. The resultswere a president with a clear majority of the votes cast;elected by a commanding majority of electoral votes; andwho won states on both coasts, in the South, the Rust Belt,and the West. There were no recount battles, or interventionby the courts.Rangel notes that the effective professional politiciangathers coalitions around positions on the issues and usesthese coalitions to formulate policies that bring thesepositions to fruition. The Obama Campaign coalescedexpectations that he would be able to rapidly transformthe way the country is led and lead Americans to a betterfuture. These expectations were multiplied by an effective,well-run campaign. Certainly, Obama’s capacity to inspireduring the campaign led many to believe he could do thesame as president.Management of high expectations became one ofPresident Obama’s greatest challenges in the immediateperiod after the election. In transforming ideals of hopeand change into reality, he faced political resistance frommultiple fronts, an economy with structural flaws, and aninternationally isolated United States. Rangel’s uniquebackground in Latin America enables him to make sharpobservations about policies and campaign statements thatmay have influence in that region, including trade deals,drug wars and the populist rhetoric, and actions emanatingfrom the region. This book is a solid start at analysisof the years ahead, as well as the year that was.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Democratic Primariesp. 5
So, She Won the Battle but... Did She Lose the War?p. 5
The Numbers Gamep. 6
Open Letter to Senator Obamap. 8
Senator Barack Obama and the World Manp. 12
Clinton vs. Obamap. 15
After Pennsylvania: What are the Rules of the Game?p. 15
How Electable Will the Democratic Candidate Be?p. 16
A Pair of Primary Issuesp. 21
Let's Talk About Unemploymentp. 21
Our Health Care Market Dilemmap. 23
The Primaries are Over-Election Time is Herep. 29
What Now, Clinton?p. 29
How Electable is the Democratic Candidate? - Reduxp. 31
Winning the Election Decisivelyp. 33
One Nation Indivisiblep. 37
Roots of an Unapologetic Liberalp. 37
Not a Baby Boomer Anymorep. 40
The Terrorists Have Won... So Farp. 42
And Justice for Allp. 44
The National Campaign (Finally) Beginsp. 51
Coronation Night: A New Beginningp. 51
The End is Nearp. 53
Governor Sarah Palin: The Choicep. 54
The Emperor's New Clothesp. 57
How to Lose an Election: A Fictional Glimpse into the Futurep. 60
Earmarks, Lobbyists, and Special Interests that Go Bump in the Nightp. 66
State of the Nationp. 73
A $700,000,000,000 Checkp. 73
A Few Days Later: The Financial "Bailout"p. 74
Outsider Influences: Monroe is Long Gonep. 75
Mercenary Terrorismp. 77
The Debatesp. 79
The Debate Performancesp. 79
A Homeowner's Bailoutp. 84
The Plumber's Taxesp. 85
Endorsementsp. 87
An Outward Lookp. 91
The Ugly American and the American Dreamp. 91
The Latin America Trifecta: Brazil, Mexico and Colombiap. 93
Free Trade and Supranational Market Failuresp. 101
The Electionsp. 109
Election Weekp. 109
What Now, Senator McCain?p. 114
Conclusionsp. 119
In Transitionp. 119
An Innovation Imperativep. 121
A More Perfect Government: A Delivering of Expectationsp. 124
Appendixesp. 127
Bibliographyp. 131
Indexp. 137
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