“The United States is a country that thrives on ferocious competition—the sink-or-swim ethic of capitalist adventurism, forever flirting with the fringes of the permissible—and few competitive arenas are more cutthroat than elective politics… If the race is close and the stakes are high, the impulse is to fight like dogs to overturn the result—and, if that’s not possible, to find more money and fight harder and dirtier next time.”
— from Down for the Count
Order Andrew’s new book, just out, which New Yorker staff writer Hendrik Hertzberg calls “a fast-paced ride through the seamy past and alarming present of America’s ramshackle, corruptible electoral machinery” and Ben Jealous, the former president and chief executive of the NAACP, says is an “eye-opening account… it establishes vital, disturbing connections between the rise of Jim Crow and the most recent attacks on voting integrity.” More on the book here.
My op-ed in the Los Angeles Times explaining why restrictive voter ID laws risk becoming the 2016 equivalent of Florida’s hanging chad here.
ON THE BLOG:
How crazy is Donald Trump? Crazy enough to admit, in repeated asides at his most recent campaign rally in California, that he doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing with this whole presidential campaign thingy. My thoughts on (belatedly) losing my Trump rally virginity.
The previously untold disaster that was the Utah Republican caucus. My account in the Guardian.
Also, why voting rights are now set to be front and center of the 2016 election campaign, as the DNC and the two presidential campaigns sue Arizona, also in The Guardian. And another piece on why the political atmosphere in Arizona is so rancid.
More of Andrew’s journalism here.
Andrew Gumbel is a British-born author and journalist, based in Los Angeles, who has won awards for his work as an investigative reporter, political columnist, and feature writer. He writes frequently about politics and the criminal justice system.