Among its disclosures, Game Change reports the dysfunctions of the other chief characters in the 2008 campaign. Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrumps asks why House intel committee is not investigating Clintons Path to 60 narrows for Trump pick Overnight Cybersecurity: New questions for House Intel chair over WH visit | Cyber war debate heats up | Firm finds security flaws in 'panic buttons' MORE’s relationship with her spouse is described by Al GoreAl GoreOvernight Tech: Trump's tech budget - Cyber gets boost; cuts for NASA climate programs | FTC faces changes under Trump | Trump to meet with Bill Gates Trump's NASA budget cuts earth, climate science programs Obamas sign with agency for speaking gigs MORE in the book as “an inscrutable co-dependency that coughed up chaos and melodrama in equal proportions.” Like the Gore campaign of 2000, former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonTrumps asks why House intel committee is not investigating Clintons Playing hot potato and musical chairs with healthcare We must act now and pass the American Health Care Act MORE’s role has been criticized as hurting his former colleague as well as his wife.
Game Change also describes, in shocking detail, the Dorian Gray-like metamorphosis of Elizabeth Edwards: from the saintly, supportive spouse the public observed throughout Edwards’s earlier career to the abusive, nasty, intrusive character described by insiders in this book, and confirmed in The Politician by Andrew Young as a “paranoid, condescending, crazywoman.” Rudy Giuliani’s third wife hardly helped his aborted campaign. Game Change also demeans the McCain marriage, and reminds us of the charade propagated by the Republican Party and swallowed by most media of the Palin family's social highjinx, portrayed as an example of family values.
The national political stage provides a dramatic example of the importance of a positive, real, happy marriage in American politics, at a time when senators, governors (Spitzer and Sanford, for example) and local political careers were tripped up, if not destroyed, by the breach of their family commitments.