Kiss and Tell on the Campaign Trail


Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic got a hold of a copy of “Game Change,” the saga of the 2008 presidential campaign from John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, and finds some pretty revealing stuff. Included: Serious worries in Hillary Clinton’s campaign that her husband was having an affair; an airport blowup between John and Elizabeth Edwards about his affair, well before it became public; and efforts to bring some humility to Rudy Giuliani’s wife, Judy.

His details are here. The book hits bookstores on Tuesday, with the authors appearing on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night.

Update: You know a book has good sales prospects when apologies start coming before the publication date. The big news of today is Harry Reid’s “no Negro dialect” quote, for which Reid has already issued an apology and Obama has issued a statement of acceptance. “As far as I am concerned, the book is closed,” Obama said.

Nevertheless, it’s already ignited calls from Republican’s for Reid’s head, given that Trent Lott was forced to step aside as majority leader in 2002 after making comments that looked to be in support of Sen. Strom Thurmond’s segregationist past. Reid was critical of Thurmond back then, and said, “I’ve always practiced how I play.”

My choice to play Reid in the HBO film: James Cromwell.

Ambinder writes about more stuff, including this account of why Ted Kennedy was so upset with Bill Clinton as Kennedy was poised to endorse Obama. “Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that
Clinton had said, ‘A few years ago this guy would have been getting us

That story had been circulating for quite some time during the primary season as a rumor — finally picked up and apparently better sourced by the authors.

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