It's really confusing, however his layout of 11 chapter or so of detailed examples of being a Stealth politician reads like a manual for a stereo. I entered a world that was as anthropologically exotic as the one I had just left in southern Africa. One of the old-time guys, the fellows who have won for decades, offers the quiet verdict: Just goes to show that. Nobody trusts a traitor and reputations are hard to build up again. But such tendencies that pass for human nature, our hesitancy to ask for things, our unease in the face of opposition, are instincts for accommodation rather than leadership, the reflexes of fear.
However, it does leave you feeling that there is a lot of contrived activity in Washington and in order to survive, only those smart enough in playing Hard Ball survives. When President Richard Nixon faced the imminent prospect of impeachment in late 1973, he took a careful reading of the situation in Congress. It was relatively engaging reading. I have gained something even more valuable than a healthy Rolodex of connections: the knowledge that success is only rarely based on the luck of looks, money or charisma. Like many a college student of the era, I was stymied by the riddle: How in a functioning democracy could this figure have climbed over dozens of appealing, able and engaging men to make war and shape peace? Be nice to your enemies.
Senate aide, presidential speechwriter and top assistant to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, I have seen men as different as Ronald Reagan and Thomas P. When the time for questions arrives, the crowd dutifully asks about upcoming legislation or the next presidential campaign. Followed carefully, the code pays dividends. He had only one handicap, his religion, and managed to turn even that to his advantage. Hardball is, without a doubt, an informative and entertaining book.
Only the most hardcore of political junkies will appreciate this. But Chris Matthews seems to think he was the President himself, and now he's deigning to share with us some of the wisdom he learned on the way up the political ladder. Reagan had someone on the other side of the spectrum on the ticket with him before he even won the nomination because it said he wanted to bring bipartisanship. Bill Clinton is another intriguing case. Perhaps it arises from the crackling clarity when the count comes in, when dreams are made and humiliation is dispensed with mathematical exactness. Overall it is a great story which provides real An interesting read that provides insight into the great game of politics.
It makes me think that politicians do start out wanting to be public servants but to stay on, will need to learn how to play the game to keep their position of power. He served in the United States Peace Corps in Swaziland from 1968 to 1970 as a trade development adviser. If the tone is tongue-in-cheek, if some portraits and situations appear too comical for such important affairs, you have caught my attitude precisely: with all its nuclear-age centrality, politics is the only game for grown people to play. There is energy, of course. Hardball reads a little bit like a book on picking up girls at a bar: sure, the advice might work, but that doesn't make it the ideal or even morally correct option. Regardless of what criticism it may incur, I'm glad I read Hardball. Unfortunately, it was a story or ten.
He showed himself a bigger man than his snafu. How many times have you heard a colleague complain that he failed to get a promotion because of office politics? It was ending its days as a cheap place for buses to stop, an affordable overnight for the senior-class trip. This unwritten code accumulates year by year, like the morning-after cigar smoke in Capitol Hill cloakrooms. One reason congress doesn't make a permanent minimum wage standard is because they like to proudly declare that they're helping the economy every ten years when they up the minimum wage. This would have been a good book if Matthews made a point and backed it up with a pertinent story or two.
This was a great book to read to learn about politics in general. In the tourist guide, its one remaining star was for location. As this new edition shows, the rules of Hardball continue to govern. You will find some of the masters immediately appealing: Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. One of the subterranean residents was a gawky twenty-two-year-old giant with elephantine ears who had just become secretary to Congressman Richard M.
However, what it turned into was a guidebook. Regarding his education, he graduated from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1967. What happened there one winter more than half a century ago belongs in the first lesson of any political education. An alumnus of Holy Cross, Matthews did graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Two floors below the lobby level, there stretched a long corridor of cubicles, all sharing a common bath.
This man is a show host with the same book title, I watch it sometimes but to me it is a good show. In fact, it is the exact same thing. The principle is negligible next to your real objectives. Actions speak louder than words. I have heard the tales of how these great politicians learned to forge alliances, make deals, manipulate enemies and bolster their reputations, all the while building strong networks of alliances. Hardball is a style show, in which the moderator advances opinions on a wide range of topics, focusing primarily on current political issues.
It's really erratic in his writing style. He additionally graduated work in Economics at the. You hear it invoked behind the scenes, when someone does it right and pulls off a victory or does it all wrong and pays the price. We will see later how Franklin D. But in terms of political hardball, I came to Washington as a neophyte.