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Collision 2012

Obama Vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America

Balz, Daniel J.

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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From the bestselling author of The Battle for America 2008 and longtime Washington Post correspondent, an inside view and analysis of the Obama-Romney presidential race Four years ago, a bright young  presidential candidate named Barack Obama campaigned on a theme of hope and change, and made history. Today, he finds himself in another bitter, divisive presidential race but without the buzzwords. Instead, an embattled president struggles with a dysfunctionally divided Congress, the controversial healthcare bill, a decade-long war, and a stagnant economy. Obama's Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, former corporate tycoon and former governor of Massachusetts,  faces his own controversies in the form of vague policies, fluctuating positions, and questions about his business practices in the private sector. Romney's personal fortune and business background seemed at odds with the Republican base until he named Wisconsin congressman, Tea Party darling and fiscal conservative Paul Ryan as his running mate. Using sources deep inside both campaigns and on the campaign trail through primary and battleground states, Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz writes with a keen political mind and a seasoned reporter's ear. He traces the highs and lows of the Obama presidency as well as the ruthless Republican primary as both laid the groundwork for one of the most crucial, contentious elections of our time. Collision 2012 puts the race for the White House in context and explores just what the election means for the future of the democratic process and America. .
Publisher: ♭2013
New York :, Viking,, [2013]
ISBN: 0670025941
9780670025947
Characteristics: xiv, 381 pages ;,24 cm

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Sep 16, 2013
  • george0819 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book should be a MUST READ ! Despite Mr. Balz "left" leanings, he writes regularly for the Washington Post, he provides an incredibly insightful story, with an appropriate amount of balance. The significance of the story is both it's political and sociological impact. Mr. Balz's appears to outline, quite well, the significant changes in social media, Twitter did not exist in the '08 election, combined with the sociological subtext of whether President Obama is truly a "transformational" political figure or whether his support team discerned the significance of data-mining before anyone else. He does a substantially better job of accessing both sides of the story, Obama and Romney, than Woodword, for example, who's sources seem uneven.You need not be a "political junkie" to find fascinating the potential shift in American voting patterns, as Hispanic's, a growing minority, appear to be heavily leaning democratic, while whites continue to stick to the republican mantra.Here again, is it unique to Mr. Obama, or a philosophical move toward different principles. A somewhat disturbing theme is the reliance on "data-mining", particularly in light of the current NSA revelations. It appears that political parties now have access to historical voting records, which if true, is highly unsettling. 5 Stars + on all fronts !!

Sep 10, 2013
  • pterry25 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

good review of the campaign. Clinton's analysis that the flip flop of Romney should be replaced with business expertise - spot on. Romney comes off as clueless. Not compassionate.

Why hasn't the library secured hard copies of this book? Why only ebooks?

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