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Five Things David Axelrod Taught Me About The 2016 Primaries

On occasional Wednesdays, I offer tips for adulthood. I don’t normally read a lot of non-fiction. I have a particular allergy to popular books...

david axelrodOn occasional Wednesdays, I offer tips for adulthood.

I don’t normally read a lot of non-fiction. I have a particular allergy to popular books about politics – especially biographies and auto-biographies – as I tend to find them hagiographic in the first instance and self-congratulatory in the second.

So when my 84-year-old mother – who *does* read everything – suggested that I read Believer by political consultant and strategist David Axelrod – I was dubious. A book entitled Believer, written by one of the chief architects of President Obama’s two successful White House campaigns? I didn’t think I’d learn very much I didn’t already know and – as someone whose literary tastes tend to run to the dark and dysfunctional – I was quite sure that I’d find it far too uplifting.

I was wrong. It is uplifting. But it’s also worth reading. And by serendipitously picking this book up right smack as the 2016 primary season got underway in early January, I actually learned a ton.

Here are five things David Axelrod taught me about the 2016 primaries:

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  1. Savvy February 25, 2016 at 1:42 am #

    You are right about the anger. Yesterday my co-worker called me (from 30 feet away) to complain about OBAMA raising Medicare premiums. He then went into a tirade about how the Clintons are liars and ended with now that is why I’m voting for Trump.

    p.s. When I pointed out that possibly Trump was lying too and he hung up.

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