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It's a little like Advise and Consent.

Big difference, though, in that many of the characters in that novel and movie have principles. Not to mention intellect.

There aren't very many great American political novels. The Brits have Trollope, and we have ... who? This is begging for a major talent. Hell, I bet even Damon Runyon could have made hay with this. He wrote great pieces about a few murder trials.

And of course, it has a more or less preordained, depressing ending to give the whole thing more gravitas.


Babbitt? The Jungle? Ida Tarbell's History of Standard Oil?

Since Bérubé has so little to do, why don't we commission him to write it? ;)


And several subplots are in the background: former House Majority Leader on trial. Former Senate Majority Leader backstabbing the current Senate Majority Leader. Roughly 100 Senators considering a run for the White House and acting accordingly. A prominent lobbyist in deep sh*t and he's connected to everybody. Press mad at being lied to exacts revenge. White House Press Secretary about to get the boot.

All those threads will connect in Volume II.

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