Host of The Reid Report on MSNBC, the Grio.com managing editor and Miami Herald columnist Joy-Ann Reid charts the complicated relationship between Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton, showing how the Democratic party s faithful and its power players have been caught in a whirl of shifting allegiances to each and how this ever-changing strategic balance is shaping the party and its hopes to retain the White House.Read more...
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Host of The Reid Report on MSNBC, the Grio.com managing editor and Miami Herald columnist Joy-Ann Reid charts the complicated relationship between Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton, showing how the Democratic party s faithful and its power players have been caught in a whirl of shifting allegiances to each and how this ever-changing strategic balance is shaping the party and its hopes to retain the White House.
The epic battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party s nomination in 2008 profoundly split the Party faithful. The fight was brutal and ugly, sparking a media feeding frenzy.
When it was over, Hillary supporters backed Obama, who as president appointed Hillary to the highest position in his cabinet: Secretary of State, a role she embraced to wide acclaim. Four years later, former President Bill Clinton appeared on the campaign trail and at the Democratic convention, giving Obama the most powerful and effective endorsement of the re-election. Now, more than two years before the next national election, with speculation about a second Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy running rampant, the questions have already begun: Will Obama people be welcome in a Clinton campaign? What role will the sitting president play in the campaign and will his support even be welcome?
Veteran reporter Joy-Ann Reid investigates these questions and more, offering breaking news, fresh insight, and experienced insider analysis, mixed with fascinating behind-the-scenes drama, to illuminate one of the most intriguing political relationships in modern history and its importance for the future of America itself."
- ISBN-13: 9780062305251
- ISBN-10: 0062305255
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company
- Publish Date: September 2015
- Page Count: 384
Books > Political Science > Political Process - Campaigns & Elections
Books > Political Science > American Government - Executive Branch
Books > Political Science > Political Process - Political Parties
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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Lay readers interested in the background of rifts within the Democratic party—both before and during the Obama administration—will find this concise summary from MSNBC correspondent Reid to be illuminating and accessible. Beginning with Lyndon Johnson’s efforts against discrimination, which culminated with the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Reid traces the demographic shifts within the Democratic Party as Southern whites began to feel increasingly threatened by government policies. She highlights the significance of Jesse Jackson’s 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns anticipating Obama’s eventual successful one, then moves on to an overview of the Clinton administration and how its triangulation strategy alienated the party’s left wing. Reid pulls no punches in describing the disappointments some prominent African-Americans felt with the country’s first black president, and the tensions that emerged between centrist and liberal Democrats. Those looking for a refresher on the tensions of the 2008 Obama-Clinton primary battle, and their implications for the 2016 race, will find the salient points covered. Reid, despite her service as a Obama press aide in 2008, presents a balanced view of him and his administration’s internecine quarrels. (Sept.)