Terry McAuliffe has dedicated half his life to the Democratic Party. He just turned 50, yet hes spent the past quarter-century organizing fund-raisers, offering tips to presidential hopefuls, and heading the Democratic National Committee. In What a Party! My Life Among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators, and Other Wild Animals, McAuliffe relates stories starring politicos from Jimmy Carter to Dubya. A lot of people come and go, he says. Ive stayed consistent.
McAuliffe says his biggest regret was the Democrats loss in the 2000 election. I was very frustrated, he says. I didnt want to go through this anymore without understanding the mistakes that were made. If the Democrats are to win next years election, he says, they need to prepare for battle now. Youve got to punch back harder, he says. McAuliffe admits that his lifelong love of politics hasnt left much room for anything else -- like brushing up on pop culture. What a Party! hilariously recounts the time he asked singer-songwriter Paul Simon how his dad, Senator Paul Simon, was doing. The Simons arent related. The look on his face<\!s>.<\!s>.<\!s>. laughs McAuliffe.
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