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The wicked wine of democracy : a memoir of a political junkie, 1948-1995 /
Joseph S. Miller.
imprint
Seattle : University of Washington Press, c2008.
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xix, 268 p.
ISBN
0295988010 (cloth), 9780295988016 (cloth)
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imprint
Seattle : University of Washington Press, c2008.
isbn
0295988010 (cloth)
9780295988016 (cloth)
catalogue key
6671095
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"For more than 50 years, Joe Miller worked behind the scenes in the Pacific Northwest and Washington, D.C., as a journalist, campaign insider, lobbyist, and fixer. Along the way, he was an astute, acerbic, and highly interested observer of the political process." Stephen Ponder, author ofManaging the Press"Rarely does a memoir deal so candidly and engagingly with political campaigns and influence peddling. He provides illuminating, and often delightful, vignettes of such political heavyweights as Lyndon Johnson, Magnuson, Kennedy, William Proxmire, Robert Byrd, Quentin Burdick, and Barry Goldwater. Miller's insider accounts of legislative battles and political campaigns are invariably absorbing and illustrative of the way that politics really works." LeRoy Ashby, author ofFighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church
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"Smilin' Joe" Miller learned early that political campaigns hadn't changed since the days of Babylon, when politicians--or, more correctly, kings and emperors--stamped their visages on coins and invented lies about themselves. By capitalizing on this simple secret, he found that politics could be simplified to glorifying his candidate and denigrating the opposition. It just required keeping up with the latest technological developments and using them to advantage. There was nothing ennobling about this, but it paid well, or, as Bob Dole liked to say, there was no heavy lifting and it was all indoor work.The Wicked Wine of Democracyis a frank account by a political operative and practicing lobbyist who in the early 1950s went from being a journalist in Seattle to working on the campaigns of such important political figures as Warren G. Magnuson, Henry "Scoop" Jackson, Frank Church, William Proxmire, and, finally, John F. Kennedy. He was so successful in managing the media for campaigns across the country that in 1957 theWashington Postlabelled him "the Democrat's answer to Madison Avenue." After Kennedy's victory, Miller opened a lobbying office on Capitol Hill and took on clients as diverse as the United Steelworkers of America (USA), the Western Forest Industries Association (WFIA), and the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA). In this always revealing and often humorous memoir, Miller reports on the highlights and backroom conversations from political campaigns, labour negotiations, and lobbying deals to give an honest picture of how politics worked over his forty-year career in the nation's Capitol.Joseph S. Miller is a retired lobbyist living in Washington, D.C. With a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, Miller wrote and edited for theLewiston Morning Tribune,Boise Daily Statesman, theOregon Journal, and theSeattle Post-Intelligencer. He was a regional correspondent for Time, Inc., before beginning his career as a media consultant for political campaigns and a lobbyist for a variety of unions and associations.
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'The Wicked Wine of Democracy' is a frank account by Joseph Miller, a political operative and practicing lobbyist who in the early 1950s went from being a journalist in Seattle to working on the campaigns of such important political figures as Warren G. Magnuson, William Proxmire, and John F. Kennedy.
Main Description
"Smilin' Joe" Miller learned early that political campaigns hadn't changed since the days of Babylon, when politicians--or, more correctly, kings and emperors--stamped their visages on coins and invented lies about themselves. By capitalizing on this simple secret, he found that politics could be simplified to glorifying his candidate and denigrating the opposition. It just required keeping up with the latest technological developments and using them to advantage. There was nothing ennobling about this, but it paid well, or, as Bob Dole liked to say, there was no heavy lifting and it was all indoor work. The Wicked Wine of Democracyis a frank account by a political operative and practicing lobbyist who in the early 1950s went from being a journalist in Seattle to working on the campaigns of such important political figures as Warren G. Magnuson, Henry "Scoop" Jackson, Frank Church, William Proxmire, and, finally, John F. Kennedy. He was so successful in managing the media for campaigns across the country that in 1957 the Washington Post labeled him "the Democrat's answer to Madison Avenue." After Kennedy's victory, Miller opened a lobbying office on Capitol Hill and took on clients as diverse as the United Steelworkers of America, the Western Forest Industries Association, and the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association. In this always revealing and often humorous memoir, Miller reports on the highlights and backroom conversations from political campaigns, labor negotiations, and lobbying deals to give an honest picture of how politics worked over his forty-year career in the nation's Capitol. Joseph S. Milleris a retired lobbyist living in Washington, D.C. Miller wrote and edited for the Lewiston Morning Tribune, Boise Daily Statesman, Oregon Journal, and Seattle Post-Intelligencerbefore beginning his career as a media consultant for political campaigns and a lobbyist for a variety of unions and associations. "For more than 50 years, Joe Miller worked behind the scenes in the Pacific Northwest and Washington, D.C., as a journalist, campaign insider, lobbyist, and fixer. Along the way, he was an astute, acerbic, and highly interested observer of the political process." - Stephen Ponder, author of Managing the Press "Rarely does a memoir deal so candidly and engagingly with political campaigns and influence peddling. He provides illuminating and often delightful vignettes of Lyndon Johnson, Warren Magnuson, John Kennedy, William Proxmire, Robert Byrd, Quentin Burdick, and Barry Goldwater. His insider accounts of legislative battles and political campaigns are invariably absorbing and illustrative of the way that politics really works." - LeRoy Ashby, author of Fighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
A Political Junkiep. 3
Something Special-Dick Neubergerp. 13
Maggie and the Tigerp. 33
Frostyp. 48
Proxp. 60
Winning Bigp. 73
Revenge in Kentuckyp. 88
Hawaiian Odysseysp. 97
A State That Time Forgotp. 107
Outside on the Insidep. 121
The Campaign and Aftermathp. 141
A Lobbyist Is a Lobbyist Is a Lobbyistp. 156
No Vestal Virgin in the Whorehousep. 167
The Spotted Owl and Other Varmintsp. 181
Mike's "Fish Bowl"p. 194
Pirates of Porkp. 200
Strike! Strike! Strike!p. 215
Battle of the "Black Hats"p. 225
The Wicked Wine of the Democratic Processp. 236
Reflectionsp. 246
A Word about Sourcesp. 251
Indexp. 255
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