Taking Turns: Political Stalemate or a New Direction in the Race for 2012
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TAKING TURNS: Political Stalemate Or Change In The Race For 2012 is a book that couldn?t be published in any previous presidential election cycle. New technologies make it possible to present an account of the presidential primaries only just completed, and the run-up to the presidential nominating conventions, as well as describe the environment of the climactic presidential contest and the races for control of the Congress in November. This book features not only commentary by Barry Casselman (also known as The Prairie Editor), a journalist who has covered national politics since 1972, and a contrarian who was among the very first (in 2009 at that) the dimensions of the outcome in the 2010 elections, but also the writing of Kavon W. Nikrad, a pioneer blogger whose site Race42012.com became a major player in the coverage of the 2008 presidential election, and continues to be so in 2012. Casselman and Nikrad write about the recent national political history of both major parties, the 2012 primary/caucus season just concluded (with the actual results, state-by-state), the personalities who were and are candidates, and the political environment in the final contest in the autumn between President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney. To complement the analysis of these two widely-known political commentators, three national political figures have contributed brilliant essays on the race for 2012. Michael Barone, one of America?s most respected pundits (for many years, in addition to his extraordinary columns, he has edited the preeminent ?Almanac of American Politics?) has written on the demographics of 2012, a subject about which many feel he has no peer. Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the U.S. house and himself a presidential candidate, has written an essay on the history and importance of the presidential debates, a subject he has made one of his famous specialties. Tom Ridge, former congressman and governor, and then the first Secretary of Homeland Security, a cabinet department which he had to, following 9/11, create himself, writes wisely and knowledgeably about the national security challenges the next president faces after January, 2013. This is an indispensable book, either in print form or as an e-book, for all voters and observers of the historic 2012 national elections. As the title suggests, voters have to make some fundamental choices about where the American republic goes next. It is a book of outspoken opinions and commentary, and regardless of which party or which candidates a reader favors, it will be provocative reading!