Fight Club Politics

Fight Club Politics

Juliet Eilperin

4.13.2008

Juliet Eilperin

Washington Post reporter Juliet Eilperin is the author of “Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Spoiling the House of Representatives,” which details how the Washington political system has silenced the average American voter and calls for ordinary citizens to reclaim the institution that is meant to represent them. Eilperin was recently on the campaign trail covering Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. At the Post, Eilperin covered the House of Representatives from 1998 to 2004 before moving to the national desk where she currently reports on science, policy and politics in areas including climate change, oceans and air quality.

Washington Post reporter Juliet Eilperin, author of “Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Spoiling the House of Representatives,” discusses her coverage of Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign and the importance of presidential candidates transcending partisan lines. She explains that voters feel alienated from the ideological battles in Washington and are anxious for a candidate to overcome political boundaries. Eilperin also comments on the battle for independent voters between McCain and Obama, as well as lack of accountability surrounding incumbent, unopposed congressional candidates. In the question and answer session, Eilperin addresses former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s success in the 2008 presidential campaign, McCain’s temper and potential running mate, partisanship in the media and whether or not it is realistic to expect presidential candidates to stand up to partisan politics.