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NEW YORK | Ed Koch, som var borgmästare under tre perioder (1978-1989) i New York, avled i februari i år.

Chris Smith, tidskriften New York, skriver:

Egomania is a requirement in politics. Ed Koch turned the condition into an art form. He was far more interesting, and more complicated, than the common narcissist. His towering self-­confidence was central to his triumphs and failures as mayor, because it enabled Koch to do what ever he thought necessary to save the city, whether that meant clowning for the cameras or betraying allies or berating political bullies. He was smart and funny and tough. But Koch’s real power was that he poured his selfishness into a wholly unselfish devotion to his city.

He started out as a reformer with conventionally leftish views: against the Vietnam War, in favor of civil rights. But Koch understood, and agreed with, the growing centrist Democratic revulsion against government bloat, drugs, and crime. He had no time for victimology. As the city careered toward chaos during Abe Beame’s term at City Hall, Koch saw his chance: Dubbing himself “a liberal with sanity,” he ran for mayor in 1977 and beat Mario Cuomo, on the strength of his personality and by appealing to the white outer-borough ethnic voters who were angry and scared. Koch had core beliefs and principles, but the ’77 campaign also established a template: To win, the former reformer was willing to embrace both corrupt Brooklyn political boss Meade Esposito and beauty queen Bess Myerson, the latter in the service of a fake romance concocted by his campaign wizard, David Garth.

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Eventually, though, his confidence metastasized into arrogance, with tragic costs: Koch’s nasty reaction to criticism from AIDS activists weakened the city’s response to the fatal epidemic. And his long-running hostility toward black leaders, coupled with the murder of teenager Yusuf Hawkins, helped Koch lose the 1989 election.

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The scars of seventies New York are invoked every campaign season, with each candidate promising he or she won’t let us slide back to those bad old days. The crucially effective parts of Koch’s tough-love response to New York’s troubles, particularly his never-back-down-to-criticism attitude, became, for better and worse, fundamental pages in the playbooks of Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg. Koch rescued the city in his first term and nearly split it in his third. He will forever be an object lesson in the cold-blooded calculations necessary to thrive in New York politics, and of the joys and dangers of personality-driven politics.

Koch var också en förnyare av politiska valkampanjer.

På 1970-talet kunde kampanjstaberna inte använda egna datorer för att analysera resultaten från opinionsundersökningar och reklamkampanjer. Man fick istället gå via datorena på olika universitet.

För att råda bot på detta köpte och monterade Mark Penn, som anlitats av Kochs politiska konsult David Garth, en egen dator för att kunde få feedback redan dagen efter en undersökning.

Penn skulle senare komma att arbeta för både Bill Clinton och Hillary Clintons presidentvalskampanj.

Läs mer: Evan Cornog, en av Kochs pressekreterare skrev artikeln “Ed Koch sweated the details för Newsday.

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch dead at age 88” av Larry Celona (New York Post).

61 “Memorable quotes (and Tweets!) from late New York mayor Ed Koch”.

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MEDIA | Andra debatten mellan Barack Obama och Mitt Romney toppade de flesta förstasidor idag. Ofta med boxningsreferenser.

Newsday, New York, USA

Tallahassee Democrat, Florida, USA

Daily News, New York, USA

RedEye, Chicago, USA

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DEBATT | Vem vann vicepresidentdebatten? Svaret hänger antagligen samman med om man ser sig som demokrat eller republikan.

Newsday, New York, USA

Oshkosh Northwest, Wisconsin, USA

The Courier-Journal, Kentucky, USA

Någon tydlig vinnare är svårt att kora utifrån själva retoriken under debatten. Det utdelades knappast något tydligt knock out slag under natten. Vad som däremot skilde debattörerna åt var själva debattstilen.

Vicepresident Joe Biden var betydligt bättre än Barack Obama när presidenten debatterade med Mitt Romney. Demokraternas kärnväljare uppskattade säkert hans betydligt tuffare och aggressivare stil.

Den yngre och mer oerfarne Paul Ryan lätt sig dock inte skrämmas. Han behöll sitt lugn rakt igenom debatten. Han var fokuserad och påläst. Han fick antagligen sagt vad han ville säga och gav ett kunnigt intryck.

Vad som däremot var en tydlig skillnad var deras respektive sätt att debattera.

Biden avbröt ständigt Ryan medan Ryan var mer respektfull när Biden talade.

Bidens ständiga huvudskakaningar, nedlåtande leenden och fnysande när Ryan talade kan mycket väl ha stött bort många tittare. Inte minst kan det ha påverkat osäkra väljare. Ryan uppfattades som betydligt mer respektfull i sin stil.

Brett O’Donnell, The Daily Beast, sammanfattade det väl:

In the back and forth of this undercard event, both Biden and Ryan accomplished their goals—advance the campaign’s message, adeptly represent the top of the ticket, and convince the audience you’re prepared for the presidency.

Perhaps Vice President Biden was looking for perfect balance in the debate world by being as aggressive in his debate as President Obama was timid in his. Biden even broke the golden rule of debating—never argue with the moderator unless you’re Newt Gingrich. Yet both men left their partisan bases happy by fighting hard for their side’s vision. The question that remains is, was this an “Al Gore moment” for the vice president who overcorrected through his interrupting, condescending laugh, and eye-rolling behavior throughout the debate, or will he be seen as the Obama campaign’s hero who put the campaign back on message. That decision will certainly be in the eye of partisan beholder.

For Paul Ryan the challenge was to prove himself to have presidential mettle. And he passed that test. He handled the foreign-policy questions competently and remained calm in the face of the full fire of the vice president. He was at times overly concerned with defending detail, and he almost seemed embarrassed when the vice president raised the issue of Ryan’s letter seeking stimulus funds. But his answer to the question of what do you say to the veteran about the tenor of the campaign, captured by the line “Leaders run to fix problems,” struck the visionary chord that has made him one of the icons of the Republican Party.

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KONVENT | Mitt Romney har nu officiellt acceperat sitt partis presidentnominering. Här nedan hur några dagstidningar slog upp nyheten under fredagen.

Newsday, New York, USA

The New York Times, New York, USA (detalj)

The Washington Post, Washington DC, USA (detalj)

The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, USA

Chicago Tribune, Chicago, USA (detalj)

The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, USA

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Losers av Michael LewisVITA HUSET: I USA finns en bokgenre som knappast finns i Sverige – reportageböcker av journalister eller politiska veteraner som beskriver en valkampanjs alla turer. En av de mer underhållande är Losers: The Road to Everyplace but the White House.

Författaren Michael Lewis har i boken koncentrerat sig på att beskriva förlorarna i 1996 års valkampanj. Den slutgiltiga segaren – president Bill Clinton – spelar bara en högst undanskymd roll. Istället är det de republikanska kandidaternas inbördes strider för att bli sitt partis presidentkandidat som är Lewis huvudpersoner.

I Losers får vi naturligtvis stifta bekantskap med alla de kända och okända kandidaterna: Pat Buchanan, Bob Dole, Lamar Alexander, Alan Keyes, Dick Lugar, Phil Gramm, Steve Forbes och John McCain. Men framför allt är det den minst kände och den mest orutinerade Morry Taylor, av sig själv kallad The Grizz, som får störst utrymme i berättelsen.

Den kandidat som verkar vara minst motiverad är Bob Dole. Han framstår inte ens som motiverad av att framstå som motiverad. Trots detta är det just Dole som slutligen tar hem spelet på den republikanska spelhalvan;

A dozen times I listen to his talk, pen poised idly over paper. Nothing. Not a thought, not an image, not a quote. It takes me a while to figure out why this is, but then it strikes me: Bob Dole isn’t running for president. The concept of Bob Dole is running. The man himself has subcontracted out all the dirty work to people who make their careers managing reality for politicians. That is why he is referring to himself in the third person. He isn’t there, at least not in any meaningful sense. Every Dole speech leaves me feeling that a man like this runs for presidency not because he thinks he should be president. He thinks no one else should be president, so it might as well be him.

För den som läser Losers blir genast påmind om den tecknade tv-serien Simpsons. I ett av avsnitten parodieras Bob Dole som politikern som hela tiden monotont upprepar mantrat ”Bob Dole, Bob Dole, Bob Dole”. För att slutligen somna stående.

Att president Bill Clinton skall ta hem slutstriden är så uppenbart för alla journalister och professionella analytiker att Michael Lewis inte ens bryr sig om att alltför noga följa den slutgiltiga valkampanjen.

Detta kan låta som om Losers skulle vara en tråkig bok men det motsatta. Två citat från The Wall Street Journal respektive Newsday kan här få stå som bevis på motsatsen;

Hilarious, genuinely funny, and insightful, the work of a truly gifted writer.

Unveils the pomposities and absurdities of spinning campaign life with wit and restraint, with a touch, in other words, that is all the more devastating for its lightness.

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