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Friday, November 18, 2005

New Review: Condi VS Hillary

ExampleThe following is a brief excerpt from a review posted on PopandPolitics.com:

The presidential race of 2008 promises to be even more bombastic than the 2004 race, which at times, seemed to nearly send this country into civil war. In many ways it will be a sequel or continuation of the events that made 2004 stand out in the annals of political history. Because 527s such as Moveon.org and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were able to vociferously shake the foundation of electoral politics, you can be sure that more groups will surface to promote their candidate du jour and the word “shrill” won’t even begin to describe them. Add to the mix a large helping of former Internet donors/bloggers and the election cycle of 2008 promises to be more entertaining than a barrel of monkeys on ecstasy.
Nearly everyone on the planet with the exception of my father believes that the honorable junior senator from New York, former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, is running for the seat currently occupied by President George W. Bush. The political wisdom of the day is that she has been eyeing the oval office ever since she attended Wellesley College and now is in a tenable position to effectively contend for that much-coveted role of Commander In Chief. Because Senator Clinton is such a relatively powerful and (more importantly) famous public servant, likely challengers and their chances at beating her in a national election have become somewhat of a cottage industry in the American public marketplace.

Enter “Condi VS. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race,” by former Clinton political consultant, pollster, and Fox News contributor Dick Morris and his wife, CEO of Vote.com Eileen McGann. This might be considered the third installment of Dick Morris’ loose trilogy of books apparently designed to eviscerate the Clinton’s legacy and more to the point, derail Hillary’s attempt to re-enter the White House as President of the United States. After taking Hillary and Bill head on in their respective autobiographical responses, “Rewriting History,” and “Because He Could,” Morris takes a different tact with “Condi VS. Hillary.”

This book is promotional material meant to jumpstart a “Draft Condi” movement well ahead of the 2008 presidential election cycle. In this work, Morris compares and contrasts both women with the intent of selling Madame Secretary of State on the US public as a viable challenger to the supposed juggernaut that is a Hillary candidacy. At least half of the book is written in such a way that Ms. Rice comes across as Jesus of Nazareth coming to bring salvation to American voters, while Hillary is something akin to the plagues of Exodus meant to drive us all into the sea. (More)

Friday, November 11, 2005

New Review: Kremlin Rising

ExampleThe following is a brief excerpt from a review posted on PopandPolitics.com:

This is a story about a boss. A strong boss. The kind of boss that could bring stability to a land that has only flirted with normalcy throughout its long and storied history. This is a story about one such man and his people who apathetically traded in democracy for a chance at normal life.

Those who have studied Russia/The Soviet Union know full well just how dysfunctional its society can be. Whether it was the tsars/czars or the communists, Russian people often didn't know what or who was going to be in charge. If there has been one characteristic of the Russian people, it has been a desire for somebody to take control and give them the stability that has eluded them for far too many years.

“Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution,” by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, former Moscow bureau chiefs for the Washington Post, is a blow by blow account of how a former KGB agent rose from mediocrity to become President of the newly democratic Russia -- only to cancel democracy and become a quasi-dictator. It is also a neat account of how the people of Russia have gone along with this rollback of democracy, which in many ways highlights the psycho-social dynamics of the folks who populate the former Soviet Empire. (More)