02 December, 2011

"Tricky Mitt" Romney

Lately, I've been thinking about an old classic book in political science: The Making the the President.  It followed the campaign of 1968, showing the controlled, professional, image-manipulating, divisive, strategic path followed by Richard Nixon to the White House.  Hardly anyone "liked" Nixon.  He wasn't seen as particularly trustworthy.  He didn't like crowds, or campaigning, or the press.  He kept to a script, and promised a vague "secret plan" to manage peace with honor in Vietnam.  The best thing you could say about him was that he was not Lyndon Johnson's heir apparent, and even then it was a close-run election.

Sound like anyone we know?

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