Michael Barone is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, the senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner and co-author of the biennial Almanac of American Politics, now nearing its fortieth anniversary and available online. Mr. Barone is the author of several other books, among them the political history Our Country: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan as well as Our First Revolution and Hard America, Soft America.
He is a walking encyclopedia of American politics. Who is the American politician reputed to have defeated his opponent by alleging that he was a shameless extrovert? That his opponent’s sister was once a thespian in wicked New York? That it was an established fact that his opponent, before his marriage, habitually practiced celibacy? Mr. Barone can not only tell you who was reputed to have said these things, he can give you the lowdown on whether he really did say them (as he did to me a few years ago).
There is no one I would rather hear speak about the upcoming elections than Mr. Barone. As luck would have it, I will have the opportunity to do so when he speaks at the 2010 fall briefing of the Center of the American Experiment at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on October 5. Information regarding sponsorships and tickets is available at the first link. Please consider attending if you can possibly make it.
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