Chapter 1: Election Industry, Inc.
Americans own the greatest political system in the world. It works wonderfully well for everyone involved, except two groups of people:
Voters. And candidates.
Political parties, pollsters, political consultants, fundraisers, media mavens, junk mailers, spammers, special interest groups, lobbyists, and various other meretricious sorts all profit handsomely from our current political system.
Who pays for it? You. And me. And, of course, any candidate brave enough to run for public office.
After over a dozen years trying to upgrade political communications, I have come to...
These are notes from the underground of American politics.
As much as I love Aaron Sorkin's televised portrayal of politics, The West Wing,
it presents an unrealistic, idealized picture of our government. The reality is much closer to The Sopranos
-- escapades in raw ambition, with professional political hit men operating in the shadows and out of the public's view to maintain a vise-like grip on political power and to eliminate any threats to the two political parties' profitable business territories.
When you work for rebel, underdog candidates, like I do, even the occasional victory is one...