Presidential Leadership and
The Election of 1980
Stand fast in your enchantments and your many sorceries, with which you have labored from your youth; perhaps you may be able to succeed, perhaps you may inspire terror.
-- Isaiah 47:12
It didn't mean much. The election of 1980 did not try our souls; it tried our patience. Matthew Josephson's description of the election of 1880 applied a century later: "the indifference of the public seems as marked as the excitement of the professionals seems feigned."*
Reagan had a zealous following and there were some Carter loyalists, but most voters saw little to recommend either. Carter was a humorless bungler and Reagan was an amiable____________________