American writers on politics

Guardian columnist Robert McCrum spoke with several U.S. writers about the current political situation in the U.S. Z.Z. Packer, Junot Diaz, Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt, Carl Hiassen, Wallace Shawn, Norman Mailer and Jonathan Safran Foer are among them.

Packer argues that Kerry has “a great record in civil-rights legislation and programmes that are near and dear to the African-American community” and is dismayed by Bush’s ability to connect with average voters. Diaz says he’ll vote for Kerry but that, for the Latino population, the choice between the Senator and Bush for the Latino population is “a choice between being beaten ‘with an iron bar or a fist’.” Hiassen believes the current political climate is “Worse than Watergate.”


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