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Every American election summons the individual voter to weigh the past against the future.
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Every American election summons the individual voter to weigh the past against the future.

— Theodore H. White

In the politics of consent, no victory is ever permanent unless the victor makes it firm on a base of persuasion.

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The first and most essential quality of a presidential candidate, as Averell Harriman once pointed out, is that he should lust for the job - he should want it more than all things, with a passion surpassing all emotion and probably even all principle.

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Professionals in a campaign are servants; they can tell him only how to do something once he tells them what it is he wants to do.

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Politics is a process which should slowly bring to public all the private worries and hopes of the individual.

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The 'smoke-filled room' as political reality is now as dead as Prohibition.

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In the hard life of politics it is well known that no platform nor any program advanced by either major American party has any purpose beyond expressing emotion. Platforms are a ritual with a history of their own and, after being written, they are useful chiefly to scholars who dissect them as archeological political remains. The writing of a platform does indeed flatter many people, gives many pressure groups a chance to blow off steam in public, permits the leaders of such pressure groups to report back to their memberships of their valiant efforts to persuade. But in actual fact, all platforms are meaningless: the program of either party is what lies in the vision and conscience of the candidate the party chooses to lead it. Nevertheless,

— Theodore H. White

Reading through the reviews, I feel as though I am witnessing a much more erudite and informed preview of the Fox News/MSNBC shouting matches of today.

— Theodore H. White

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