Novelist, journalist, and wandering scribe Stephen Elliott does not know what to think of America's voters, of 2004's desperate and over-heated run for the presidency, or of the legitimacy of the political system en masse. He doesn't know whether to love Howard Dean or try to love John Kerry or try, simply, to get excited about politics. But what he does know is that most Americans are as confused, taxed, and brokenhearted as he is.
Looking Forward to It is thus the chronicle of one ordinary fellow's skeptical—and often hilarious—journey through the election process. With the author on the campaign trail, we meet washed-out campaign managers, idealistic publicists, corrupted journalists, world-weary auditorium janitors, recovering drug addicts, and, of course, politicians. Elliott's engaging report fully documents a journey into the center of "the thing," our country, where Americans high and low come together to participate in the most profound and fundamental gesture of democracy: the election.
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A nation is a group of people united by a mistaken view about the past and a hatred of their neighbors.
No Time for Explanations; Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Washington; Davenport; Cedar Rapids, Car Politics
It's been a long, boring summer and it's only July. July 2003, to be exact, nearly a year and a half before two people you would never invite over to dinner, and probably wouldn't want to live in your town, will come head to head in the 2004 presidential election.
The weather never changes in San Francisco, it's always sweater