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Two new political memoirs reveal how the sausage of democracy is made

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‘Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell’By Tim Millerc.2022, Harper$26.99/259 pages ‘Any Given Tuesday: A Political Love Story’By Lis Smithc.2022, Harper$22.39/304 pages The lilies of the field, the Bible tells us, “neither toil nor spin.” If only, they had met Tim Miller and Lis Smith!

Miller and Smith, two top-tier spinmeisters have written memoirs. Fasten your seatbelts. These aren’t the usual tepid politico’s tales.

As you read, you’ll laugh out loud one minute. Then gulp down your go-to comfort food or libation while (literally) worrying about the fate of our democracy.  “Next to love, the most sacred thing you can give is your labor,” James Carville says to staff and volunteers in the last days of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign in a real life Aaron Sorkin moment in the 1993 documentary “The War Room.” Miller and Smith both saw “The War Room” when they were kids.

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