Faking It: How America Lost Politics. Joe Klein explains why politicians think you're stupid, how the presidency lost character and how we can bring it back. By Onnesha Roychoudhuri, AlterNet.
The dirty little secret about many political reporters and columnists is that we're romantics. I don't do it to watch politicians screw up, although that's sometimes fun. I do it for the moments when they do something inspirational, challenging or give me something new to think about. I realized that during my career, those moments had been rapidly disappearing, particularly over the last 10 years. I wanted to think about why that had happened and write a book about it to make people aware of this in the hopes that things can get better again.