BOOKS: Star-Crossed Politicos

James Carville and Mary Matalin's election memoir proves that whatever they feel for each other, their true love is campaigning

In campaign politics an idea is like a fruitcake at Christmas -- there's not but one, and everybody keeps passing it around.

That is campaign consultant James Carville's maxim -- and it applies to popular entertainment even more than running for office. So you can imagine the frenzy in the book world when publishers were offered an age-old story line with a modern twist: boy meets girl from the wrong party; boy loses girl to rival presidential campaign; and, after the election, boy and girl reconcile and marry. It's Romeo and Juliet, His Girl Friday and Adam's Rib, with Bill Clinton...

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