John Heilemann and Mark Halperin discuss "Game Change"
In the 19 months since the 2008 election, our nation's political
landscape has taken quite the dramatic turn. The Democrats have
succumbed to a Wall Street-like plunge in popularity. And in a
bizarro-world scenario, health care has morphed Obama into a grossly
polarizing figure, while Sarah Palin has birthed a "Yes We Can"-style
underdog attack of her own -- successfully stirring the pot during her
recent Tea Party appearance in our very own Common. On the more
stagnant front, McCain is still begrudgingly chilling in the Senate,
while John Edwards is still wading in his self-imposed shit pile.But
even though the dust has settled on the stampede that was the 2008
presidential election and everyone has gone their separate and wacky
ways, it would simply be a damn shame to forget how much fun it was.Cue John Heilemann, Mark Halperin, and Game Change,
the book they released earlier this year to much critical exaltation. The
two effectively channeled Woodward and Bernstein, not only to provide a
thorough blanket summary of the various players' campaigns, but also to dig up some dirt on the
candidates that was not necessarily common knowledge to us plebes.They
were both on hand March 1 at the First Parrish Church in Cambridge to
bring plenty of politically minded chuckles via personalizing these
icons that have already cemented themselves in our nation's historical
cannon. The podcast goes in depth regarding McCain choosing Palin,
Barack's fraught relationship with Hillary, and other gossipy intricacies.
DOWNLOAD: John Heilemann and Mark Halperin on Game Change [MP3]
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