The best articles from the 2008 election season

In the opinion of your humble blogger…

  • Making It,” Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker profile of Barack Obama’s time in Chicago politics. Easily the most illuminating piece I read about Obama all year.
  • Two pieces by Eli Saslow of The Washington Post. The first is about people registering to vote in North Carolina. The second is about people in Findlay, Ohio trying to figure out what they think about Obama. Both are incredibly well-written and help explain why exactly people were so excited about the election.
  • This New Yorker piece about the guy who has the barackobama@gmail.com email address.
  • The first member of the media to fall head-over-heels in love with Obama was Andrew Sullivan and he wrote a very good piece explaining why.
  • Lastly, the definitive post-mortems of the two losing campaigns, both of them deeply reported. First, “The Front-Runner’s Fall” by Joshua Green in The Atlantic dissecting Hilary’s loss and then “The Making (and Remaking and Remaking) of the Campaign” by Robert Draper in the NYT Magazine.

If you’ll notice, most of these stories are more about Obama than McCain. That’s for two reasons: there were more stories written about Obama than McCain, and most of the really interesting stuff about McCain was in 2000 and shortly thereafter. But in an effort to provide balance, I’ll link to the best story I’ve ever read about McCain: “The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys, and The Shrub” by David Foster Wallace in Rolling Stone.

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