Among its disclosures, Game Change reports the dysfunctions of the other chief characters in the 2008 campaign. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Pompeo clears Senate panel, on track for confirmation | Retired officers oppose Haspel for CIA director | Iran, Syria on agenda for Macron visit George H.W. Bush in intensive care GOP chairmen say they have deal with Justice on documents MORE’s relationship with her spouse is described by Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreHamas attacks Israel — and the world condemns Israel Al Gore: Trump should fire Pruitt Dems seize on gun control heading into midterms 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 ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFeehery: The problem with the Dem wave theory After Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp Support for Trump reelection mirrors Obama, Clinton in first terms: Gallup 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.


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