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May 01, 2012


Did Politicians Used To Be More Ruthless?

Walter Shapiro has an interesting takeaway after reading Passage of Power that relates to modern day politics:

"Maybe the difference reflects the bubble wrap surrounding the modern White House, but reading Caro I got the sense that internal Washington battles were more vicious during the 1960s. I am not talking about congressional gridlock and the lack of bipartisanship in 21st-century Washington, but rather the ability to intimidate others -- often those in your own party or administration -- to get your way. Among contemporary politicians, by the standards set by Johnson and Robert Kennedy (who earned the description 'ruthless'), only Vice President Dick Cheney seemed a throwback to an earlier era in his ability to use a shiv."














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