It was during the 2008 presidential race that author Christopher Buckley’s delightful novel, Supreme Courtship, was released. Presciently, in the book, he had pitted two characters against each other: a senator who had run for president, served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, and who “just couldn’t shut up,” against a “glasses-wearing, gun-toting television hottie.” Months after the novel was conceived, Governor Sarah Palin turned out to be a nominee for Vice President running against then Senator Joe Biden. It truly was a case of life imitating fiction, Buckely later recalled in an interview. “I am announcing my retirement from satire,” he joked.

January 25, 2011 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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GAME CHANGE by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

I am rating this journalistic account of the 2008 US political election 4.5 stars out of 5. While I do not consider GAME CHANGE to be serious reporting at its best, I was unable to put the book down. That must count for something….perhaps my desire to read the prurient and live it vicariously.

I am a world class political junkie! I am also a secret National Enquirer reader – something I do while waiting in super market lines. So, reading GAME CHANGE: OBAMA AND THE CLINTONS, MCCAIN AND PALIN, A THE RACE OF A LIFETIME was like eating a scrumptious hot fudge nut sundae for me…in a literary fashion. Lots of yummy stuff, but frequently lacking in nutrition.

March 22, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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On March 18, 2008, presidential candidate Barak H. Obama spoke to the American people from Philadelphia. He addressed race in a manner that has rarely been discussed in a public forum before. But Barak Obama was a historical candidate running for the presidency of the United States of America in extraordinary times. And he spoke as someone from both inside and outside the African American experience.

July 4, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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