Newsweek has published a seven-part in-depth look behind the scenes of the 2008 presidential campaign. Their reporters were granted year-long access on the condition that none of their findings appear until after Election day.
While I do not think details that would be important for voters to know should be kept secret, I am enjoying reading about these details now. And I am wiping my brow with relief that the election turned out as it did!
I contemplated printing out all these to read later, but then I got the bright idea to link them on my blog, so I can read them at MY leisure ... and so you can read them at YOUR leisure, if you are so inclined.
The links below are to the "print version" of each of the seven parts, which is the way I like to read long articles. Even though print versions don't have all the linky-links, each part is all on one page instead of having to click forward through page after page. If you want the full linky-linked multi-page versions, click here & follow the chapters listed near the top, under the heading "Secrets of the 2008 Campaign". Otherwise, here ya go:
HIGHLIGHTS: Hackers and Spending Sprees (this is just an overview which you can skip if you intend to read the whole series anyway) ...
PART ONE: How He Did It (how Obama grew as a candidate)
PART TWO: Back From the Dead (how McCain's campaign made a comeback with a new narrative)
PART THREE: The Long Seige (Obama and Clinton's primary battle)
PART FOUR: Going Into Battle (the McCain campaign's best hopes for bringing Obama down)
PART FIVE: Center Stage (last minute worries and an impulsive veep pick for the base)
PART SIX: The Great Debates (different strokes for different folks)
PART SEVEN: The Final Days (the path to victory) ...
CHANGE HAS COME TO AMERICA, yes it has (or will, beginning 1.20.09)!