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Do we need another high-drama narrative of the 2008 presidential campaign? It’s been almost 15 months since the election of Barack Obama, and the rosy glow of History Being Made has cooled significantly in the face of ongoing crises (unemployment! Afghanistan!), fresh political scandlets (Orszag’s love child!), and sober approval ratings. The release of Game Change, the new book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, was rightly greeted with yawns—until, that is, its juicy anecdotes started trickling out, like Sarah Palin’s predebate confusion over “O’Biden” and a reminder that, yes, John Edwards is a delusional dickhead. (Then came one that may have consequences—an ugly, racist comment about candidate Obama from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is up for re-election this year.) So far in 2010, political gossip: 1. Political accomplishments:
0. HALPERIN AND HEILEMANN SPEAK AT 7 P.M. AT POLITICS AND PROSE, 5015 CONNECTICUT AVE. FREE. (202) 364-1919.