Book Discussion on United States of Ambition

Mr. Ehrenhalt discussed the changes in electoral politics in the previous thirty years. He said a new breed of professional… read more

Mr. Ehrenhalt discussed the changes in electoral politics in the previous thirty years. He said a new breed of professional politician has sprung up during the previous decades to replace the part-time politician or businessman who formerly occupied seats in local or state governments. The replacement for these people is the person who makes political office their career, without pursuing an alternative skill or trade. The effect of the new breed of politician is representation by “politics addicts,” who show little loyalty to any political machine or mentor, and frequently do not reflect the ideology of their constituents. Mr. Ehrenhalt expressed concern about elected officials who lack ties or political associations with other groups on the state and local levels. Mr. Ehrenhalt discussed his research for the book, and told anecdotes on political changes in state and local politics he learned during his travels gathering information for the book. close

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Book Discussion on United States of Ambition

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jul 21, 1991
Last Aired:
Jul 22, 1991

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  • Jul 21, 1991 | 7:58pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 21, 1991 | 10:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 22, 1991 | 3:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 22, 1991 | 6:55am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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