This ebook consists of a summary of the ideas, viewpoints and facts presented by Matt Taibbi in his book "Spanking the Donkey: On the Campaign Trial with the Democrats". This summary offers a concise overview of the entire book in less than 30 minutes reading time. However this work does not replace in any case Matt Taibbi's book. Taibbi puts forward a collection of observations of the campaign trial of 2004 Democratic primaries.
He argues that the process of picking a president in America values superficiality over substance and hence a thoughtful, intelligent and substantive candidate doesn't stand a chance in this framework that resembles a reality-based TV show.