The Republican Playbook

The Republican Playbook

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by Andy Borowitz
     
 

Scandals. Lies. A breathtaking disregard for federal laws. How on earth do the Republicans keep winning Easy: They've got a Playbook

After the 2004 presidential debates, eagle-eyed observers hypothesized about the rectangular bulge tucked inside George W.'s suit jacket, visible in images shown around the world. Was it a radio receiver, allowing

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Scandals. Lies. A breathtaking disregard for federal laws. How on earth do the Republicans keep winning Easy: They've got a Playbook

After the 2004 presidential debates, eagle-eyed observers hypothesized about the rectangular bulge tucked inside George W.'s suit jacket, visible in images shown around the world. Was it a radio receiver, allowing Karl Rove to feed the president complete sentences hed never form on his own Perhaps it was a remote-control device that enabled Dick Cheney to operate W. like a robot. Nah. The real explanation was much simpler, and yet far more disturbing: It was The Republican Playbook.

Required reading for every Republican candidate, office-holder, or super-secret covert operative, The Republican Playbook contains all the schemes, scams, and dirty tricks used to attain victory since Richard Nixon commissioned the first edition back in 1972. Did you know:

-President Gerald Ford's notorious clumsiness wasnt caused by an inner-ear disorder — the Playbook stashed in his left rear pants pocket threw off his equilibrium. -A chapter entitled "Deny Knowing Anything About Anything" was particularly helpful to President Ronald Reagan.

Packed with detailed instructions on essential topics like how to run a smear campaign, how to cover a leak, and how to plant one, plus diagrams for fully functioning voting booth/ballot shredders (to be used in Florida, Ohio, and other battleground states), The Republican Playbook is a must-read if were ever going to survive the 2006 elections.

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Publishers Weekly
Uber-humorist Borowitz (Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers) churns out humor at a fast clip and here is another timely example. Filled with short memos, talking points and marginal notes from its purported possessor, George W. Bush, this is the latest update of a playbook that claims to have changed very little in recent years except that the Internet has made it easier to "spread lies and distortions." It advises candidates to scare voters with a doctored photo of a future Democratic-controlled Supreme Court featuring the Dixie Chicks, Michael Moore and Alec Baldwin. There's a devastating sketch about how the Republic Party favors a credible voting process in Iraq followed by a somewhat labored Bruce McCallesque set of drawings of Republican-approved voting machines. A hilarious set of photos moves six degrees from Hillary Clinton to Osama bin Laden and Kim Jong Il. A Republican-to-English glossary translates "personal responsibility" to "welfare cuts" and "My fellow Americans" to "My fellow evangelical Christians." More silly, but still amusing, is a "Democrat to French conversion chart," rendering Joseph Biden as "Giscard Boudin." Enough serious points are presented with humor how the Republicans fool the public with black faces prominent at their conventions, for example, or where the "war on terror" breaks down to make this book more than just a diversion. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781401302900
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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