READ THIS: “How to Rig an Election” by Allen Raymond

I thought I was observant, informed, and cynical enough to recognize the reality of behind-the-scenes electoral politics. I was wrong. So I was savvy enough to realize that elections are about manipulating public perception, spinning the truth, and using under-handed tactics when deemed neccessary. Reading “How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative” by Allen Raymond showed me I clearly had NO IDEA.

The book is laugh-out-loud funny and, despite his questionable ethics in the years described in the book, Raymond is a likeable guy who, cheating aside, you somehow want to win. I found myself morally repulsed yet endlessly fascinated. What would he do next?

You might remember the New Hampshire phone-jamming scandal in 2002. That stunt caused higher-ups involed to summarily throw him under the bus and earned Raymond federal jail time, although phone jamming seems down-right banal (and bi-partisan, by the way) in the world Raymond describes.

Read this book and you’ll never look at a campaign ad or operative talking point the same way again.

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