Backroom Power in Washington

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Who has the real power in Washington? John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and co-author of the new book Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power, tells us just who wields the most influence in our nation’s capital…from strategists to fundraisers to lobbyists.

Event: John Harwood will be speaking and signing books
Wednesday, July 16 at 6:30 pm
Museum of City of New York
1220 5th Avenue (at 103rd Street)
To purchase tickets, go here.


John Harwood

Comments [8]

Hugh from Crown Heights

The consensus Mr. Harwood misses was the consensus of ignorance and mainstream pandering (or mind control).

This is not an overstatement. News was no less cherry-picked 20 years ago. It was just cherry-picked by Times or CNN or NBC editors and producers.

Jul. 16 2008 12:33 PM
rc from QUeens

Do they focus on the lobbying efforts of the media? Such as the giveways of the spectrum.

Jul. 16 2008 12:25 PM
MrPolitico from Queens

Given the public mood these days, both houses will be solidly Democratic, at the Democrats' greatest strength in probably 20 years.

What can McCain expect to accomplish, other than a moderate agenda?

Jul. 16 2008 12:24 PM
chris o from new york city

C'mon, man. Love is mysterious and hard to find. Carville and Matalin found it even if they argue politics. Even though it does not have to, it makes a certain sense, they probably enjoy arguing politics and found someone with the same sensibilities who doesn't take it personally.

Jul. 16 2008 12:21 PM
Dennis from The Bronx

Is this guy reporting on TV what he writes in his book?

One of the failures of the corporate media, particularly cable news is their inability to cover big business with a critical eye. Does Mr. Harwood cover the activities of General Electric, which is the parent company of CNBC?

Jul. 16 2008 12:19 PM
chris o from new york city

How about the lobbyist Mr. Payne, arranging meetings for top Admin officials, maybe Rice and Cheney, for about 250-600 thousand dollars. That sounds like some real backroom power.

In the transcript, Payne said meeting Bush would be hard. He said Bush doesn't really meet with anyone anymore, with the implication that he is just not involved, not engaged, just running out the clock. Poor George, driven underground by his own incompetence.

Jul. 16 2008 12:16 PM
chris o from new york city

John Harwood is alright by me, one of the better reporters.

Jul. 16 2008 12:11 PM
chris o from new york city

It seems like corporations have enormous power and our ultimately responsible for a broad range of our fundamental problems and inability to implement fundamental solutions. THey ain't all bad but there is no balance, they have the free reign.

Jul. 16 2008 12:10 PM

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