ELEANOR CLIFT AND TOM BRAZAITIS, (New York: Scribner, 1996), 400 pp. $25.00 cloth (ISBN: 0-684-80084-5).
Two Washington journalists offer profiles of eight Washington insiders: pollsters Frank Luntz and Stan Greenberg, lobbyists Michael Blumberg and Paul Equale, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Representative Maxine Waters, Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Bob Dole's chief of staff, Sheila Burke. Readers who do not mind that there seems to be no particular thread that ties these profiles together, and who are not already surfieted with anecdotes about the much-profiled Gingrich and Moynihan, will be best positioned to enjoy this book.
Of late, there has been a flood of books catering to the sorts of readers who spend their Sundays staring at a television set tuned to the talking heads of journalists based in our nation's capital. This is one such book, surely no worse than many and, to the aficionado of the political anecdote, intermittently rewarding.
The authors give helpful particularity, for example, to the common general observation that Senator Moynihan can on...