With three short weeks to go, a look at the election—through the lens of politics past and politics future. No matter who wins, argues Frank Rich, tea-party America is destined for victory; John Heilemann on the inexorable resurrection of the Clintons and Clintonism; a political-family album, by Christopher Anderson; 1960–2012, in ads, money, and gaffes; Jonathan Chait on the hidden plans of Romney and Obama to remake American government—fast; Jeb Bush and the dreams of restored dynasty, by Joe Hagan; and a poll of 74 political insiders who dissect the race as only they can and predict how it will play out come the first Tuesday in November.
This is a nation that loathes government and always has. Liberals should not be deluded: The Goldwater revolution will ultimately triumph, regardless of what happens in November. By Frank Rich
If Obama wins, it may be because the former president saved his presidency—but what exactly do the Clintons get in return? By John Heilemann
Though their agendas are hidden, both Romney and Obama have plans to dramatically remake the size and character of American government. Very, very quickly. By Jonathan Chait
W.’s little brother wrestles with a complicated legacy—and positions himself for the next chance. By Joe Hagan
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