The fourth and final eBook in POLITICOs Playbook 2012 series once again provides an unprecedented minute-by-minute account of the race for the presidency. The End of the Line follows President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney as their campaign teams go all-in to win in the critical final weeks of the 2012 election.
From Mitt Romneys "47 percent" video to Clint Eastwoods speech to an empty chair, the 2012 presidential campaign did not lack for memorable moments. In The End of the Line, POLITICO senior White House reporter Glenn Thrush and senior political reporter Jonathan Martin chronicle every hairpin turn in a race that defied the predictions of pundits and prognosticators.
While some political observers considered Barack Obamas reelection far from a sure thing, the president and his team remained resolute in their belief that they would prevail. In Boston, Mitt Romneys advisers were just as confident that their man was headed for a smashing victory. In the end, only one of those views would be validated by events. The outcome of this election was never foreordained, however, and would ultimately be determined by two candidates, three debates, and a thousand small but critical strategic decisions.
With an eye toward writing a "first draft of history," Thrush and Martin report on the intense internal debates over ad strategy that defined the parameters of the fall campaignincluding a crucial late-May decision by the Obama campaign that may have tipped the scales in the presidents favor. They provide a behind-the-scenes look at the candidates debate preparation sessions, and they reveal why Romneys campaign was so confident they were going to win.
The action climaxes on election night, as the opposing camps huddle nervously in their hotel suites to await the verdict of the voters. The End of the Line reveals for the first time what the Obama brain trust really thought about the agonizingly long wait for Romneys official concessionand what happened after Obama put the telephone to his ear and heard the words "Hello, Mr. President, its Mitt Romney."
No one could have predicted all the twists and turns of the 2012 electionand no one was better equipped to chronicle them than the POLITICO team. The End of the Line is frontline campaign reporting at its finest, meticulously reported and compulsively readable.
Glenn Thrush is POLITICOs senior White House reporter and the leader of the team that won the 2012 White House Correspondents Association Merriman Smith Award for deadline reporting on the presidency. Before that, he ran the sites Hill blog and spent five years with Newsdaythe last three in Washington following Hillary Rodham Clintons presidential campaign. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York, and The New York Observer. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area with his wife, Diane Webber, and twin sons, Nathaniel and Charles.
Jonathan Martin has been a senior political writer for POLITICO since its 2007 inception. Most recently, he covered the 2012 campaign, winning praise for breaking news and his ahead-of-the-curve reporting and analysis on Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Before that, Martin covered the historic 2008 White House contest and subsequently the White House and the 2010 midterm elections. His work has been published in The New Republic, National Review, National Journal, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Martin graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a BA in history.
POLITICO is a nonpartisan, Washington-based political journalism organization that serves as the one-stop shop for the fastest, deepest coverage of the president, Congress, and the 2012 presidential race. POLITICOs journalists break news and drive conversation about the White House, Capitol Hill, and Washington lobbying, plus the intersection of politics with Wall Street, the media, and personalities.
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