The Gospel According to the Fix: An Insider's Guide to a Less Than Holy World of Politics

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Broadway Books, 2012 - Political Science - 213 pages
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A divine guide to deciphering the sinful world of American politics, from the author of the Washington Post's The Fix

The political world is full of acronyms, shortcuts, and lingoes that stand as a barrier to entry for anyone not in the business. The onset of social media has only made that barrier higher, as insiders tweet furiously to one another in a language most of us can't even understand. Everyday Americans and even political junkies need a how-to manual for understanding what words matter in this arena and why. 

Enter Brother Chris Cillizza and The Gospel According to the Fix--an essential guide to the wonderfully odd religion of politics. Based on his highly popular blog, The Gospel According to the Fix will teach you something new about politics, no matter who you are and whom you know. In our torturous political climate, this Gospel is the one true source for comprehending what the heck is going on in DC. Chapter and verse, this political Gospel will include parables the likes of:

• Why Ron Paul’s candidacy is a lot like the TV show Friday Night Lights
What it takes to be Richard Ben Cramer and write the political classic What It Takes
The top ten negative campaign ads of all time
• The top ten issues candidates should be discussing but aren’t because of the economy
• The dos and don’ts of surviving a political sex scandal
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Not Top Tenthe Ten Issues You Wont
21
What It Takes to Write What It Takes
41
The Ten BestWorst Negative
55
Clear Eyes Full Hearts Ron Paul
79
Charging at Political Windmills
87
The Fix Endorsement Hierarchy
95
Jen Crider the Woman Next to the Woman
109
Why Republicans Are Headed for Electoral Oblivion
135
Political AllStar Game Starters
145
Campaign Finance Reformin One Simple Step
159
The Super PAC Whisperer
165
The Fix Political Hall of Fame
171
Building the Perfect ThirdParty Presidential
183
The Next Hillary?
197
Whats the New New Thing?
207

The Art of an October Surprise
115
The Dos and Donts of Surviving a Political
125
Acknowledgments
213
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About the author (2012)

CHRIS CILLIZZA writes The Fix for the Washington Post. He is an MSNBC contributor and political analyst who appears regularly on the network in addition to NBC, PBS, and NPR’s Diane Rehm Show. Chris has worked for Roll Call, the Cook Political Report, and Congress Daily. His freelance work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Atlantic, Washingtonian, and Slate.

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