Dissecting the Animal of Politics
The realm of American elections has been one of commotion and controversy since the days of Lincoln and Hayes. This is despite the fact that it is a contest for the leadership of the strongest nation in the free world. Throughout all the controversy, no one has yet to provide an appropriate account of the candid actions within the campaign. However, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s Game Change fits the bill to a tee. Despite many people’s lack of interest in politics, the novel Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin is of paramount societal significance because it gives a candid view of the world of politics, it received critical acclaim from many reviewers, and the topic of the novel is responsible for deciding the leader of the strongest nation on Earth.
Arguably the most important character of the novel, Barack Obama is the first of the presidential candidates in the novel. Barack Obama, the forty-fourth President of the United States, was born on August 4, 1962, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a Kansas-born, white mother, and a Kenyan father (“Barack” 1). Being of mixed racial background, Barack was already an odd one out among his peers. Even then, no one could have known his destiny for greatness. Obama began his career in politics in the Illinois State Senate, working his way up to the US Senate, and eventually the White House, after his run in the 2008 presidential election (“Barack” 4-6). Like many politicians before him, Barack had to work his way up the political ladder, working his way up a single rung at a time. He was different though, as he was notably younger than many of his colleagues on the Hill, which was surely no handicap at times like the election. Despite his rocky upbringing, Barack was able to meet his full potential, reaching 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but he was not the only candidate running in 2008.
John McCain was the second main candidate covered in the novel. John McCain was born on August 29, 1936, in the Panama Canal Zone, to a military family (Speace 1). His upbringing in a military household had a large impact on his life, likely being responsible for his own military and political careers. McCain entered the realm of federal politics in 1982, as a representative of Arizona’s first district, then joining the ranks of the Senate four years later, and finally launching his presidential campaign in April of 2007, while remaining in his Senate office (Speace 1; 6). As a person, McCain is almost a complete foil to Obama. However, as politicians, their paths were very homologous. Despite his loss in the election, his political career has continued, and he became a focal point of the novel.
As a piece of literature, it seems to be a consensus among reviewers that Game Change is a refreshingly new stance on literature regarding the 2008 presidential election. Many reviewers have much praise to give to the novel, but Michiko Kakutnai, a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic from The New...