Candidates 1960: Behind the Headlines in the Presidential Race

Candidates 1960: Behind the Headlines in the Presidential Race

Candidates 1960: Behind the Headlines in the Presidential Race

Candidates 1960: Behind the Headlines in the Presidential Race

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Must the average, intelligent voter wake up on Election Day wondering how he can possibly bring himself to choose between two candidates both of whom he considers inadequate to the presidential task, wondering how and why the nominations were made, and cursing all politicians for putting him in such a miserable position? If he does, he has allowed himself to be lulled into submission by the tactics and techniques of the professional politicians, who, for their own purposes, have played a double game with him. On the one hand, they have made him feel that his part in the election cannot begin until after the national conventions, when they exert tremendous pressure to enlist him in their party and their local campaign. On the other hand, they have for months before the conventions worked unobtrusively and with uncanny astuteness to size up the political "facts of life" of this election year.

American political bosses are held in low esteem by a large part of the voting public, and whatever small measure of admiration they enjoy is given grudgingly. They are thought of as crude and inelegant, unconcerned with big issues, and flabby in their principles. But whatever else they may be, the political bosses are not stupid, a fact attested by their capacity for survival through the Roosevelt revolution," the Truman Fair Deal, and the Age of Eisenhower. They may not understand the great social changes of their era, but they have an instinct for understanding public behavior that by its accuracy often embarrasses . . .

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