Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America
In his new book, Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America (Viking, 2013), Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz traces the 2012 campaign trail and explores how last year’s historic election has changed the course of American politics. From the tumultuous Republican primary to the Obama campaign’s unprecedented voter data collection and analysis, Balz uses sources from both sides of the aisle to generate insight into the events and figures that shaped the 2012 presidential contest. In Collision 2012, he puts the election in context and examines the lasting impact it will have on America’s electoral process.
On September 18, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a book event for Collision 2012 to discuss last year’s election and the profound ways in which it has reshaped the U.S. political system. Moderated by Elaine Kamarck, Balz shared observations from his book and explored the lasting legacy of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s battle for the White House.
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President-elect Bolsonaro has embraced tough-on-crime measures that egregiously violate basic human rights and eviscerate the rule of law. Responding to Brazil’s 63,880 homicides in 2017, Bolsonaro calls for increasing protection for police officers who kill alleged criminals and arming citizens. He calls for further militarizing urban policing, reducing the age of criminal liability from 18 to 16, reinstating the death penalty, authorizing torture in interrogations and imprisoning more people... Brazil’s police are already notorious for being one of the world’s deadliest in the use of force. In many favelas, Brazil’s retired and current police officers operate illegal militias that extort and control local communities, murdering those who oppose them and engaging in warfare with Brazil’s highly-violent gangs and in social cleansing. Bolsonaro is simply threatening to turn the rest of the police into state-sanctioned thugs.