Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
The library had a wait list for Game Change when it came out in 2010 and the buzz at the library was that it was full of juicy details about John Edwards - his affair with Rielle Hunter and reports of megalomania. More people were checking out the book again this March when HBO released the movie version, and this time the focus turned to a different failed vice-presidential candidate: Sarah Palin. The movie covers the last quarter of the book and Palin suffers without the attention the book paid to the nuttiness of other candidates and their loved ones. I just finished the book recently, alternating between boredom - there's a lot of meetings, speeches and fundraising - and amazement over how much the past presidential election resembled a reality TV show. Game Change is fertile ground for negative campaign ads for both candidates in this fall's presidential election, and maybe even 2016.