December 11, 2007

PULL THE OTHER ONE:

Path to White House can be humbling (Peter S. Canellos, December 11, 2007, Boston Globe)

Journalist Richard Ben Cramer's landmark tome about presidential campaigns, "What it Takes," expends 1,097 pages showing what it takes for someone to win the presidency, and the answer is: It takes everything, and then some.

Voters will reject every show of vanity or hubris. They don't want to be challenged or confronted with hard truths. They want their candidates to serve them, and they want proof of something like obedience - or at least submission.

There's a lesson in both Cramer's 1992 book and in recent presidential history for Hillary Clinton, who has worked hard to bring herself to the cusp of the Democratic presidential nomination, only to have some of the air start leaking out of her campaign.

The good news for her is that most successful presidential candidates faced such a moment of truth, and were able to push themselves past it. The bad news is that they had to give up some of their pride, something Clinton is probably reluctant to do.


Whahappen? There are plenty of complimentary things you can say about Ms Clinton that are entirely accurate. But the notion that she has any pride left -- never mind the determination not to squander it -- after the dog and pony shows she's had to stage with Bill is pretty ludicrous.


Posted by Orrin Judd at December 11, 2007 9:26 AM
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Dangerously accurate.

Voters will reject every show of vanity or hubris. They don't want to be challenged or confronted with hard truths. They want their candidates to serve them, and they want proof of something like obedience - or at least submission.

I have as much respect for the innate common sense of the American People as the next guy, but a nation that picks from one of two candidates best at obsucring the "hard truths" is going down the wrong path.

Get rid of the increasingly dysfunctional 2-party system, and there is a built-in "working group" (35-40%) of 3rd way people who would move American forward more effectively.

Posted by: Bruno at December 11, 2007 11:19 AM

Get rid of the vote and let you intellectual elites just impose your whims.

Posted by: oj at December 11, 2007 3:49 PM

Now, now - Bruno is not an elite (sorry big guy), at least not from what I can tell. Not like Larry Sabato or other folks who devise decidedly nasty 'reforms' for what ails us.

He just wants to nuke the government schools, force politicians to tell the truth, do away with earmarks, impose term limits, and throttle the public trough. He may be Don Quixote, but he's no elite.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 11, 2007 8:26 PM

People who object to the two parties and want to impose their impulses via minorities are elites.

Posted by: oj at December 11, 2007 10:44 PM
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