Bottum: The Politics of Non-Politics
12:49 PM, Jan 30, 2008 • By JOSEPH BOTTUM
Steve Hayes's point is dead on, I think - with the emphasis on dead: Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson murdered their own campaigns with a political strategy that declared themselves the ones who could transcend politics.
Of course, many candidates pose themselves this way: Teddy Roosevelt did, and Jimmy Carter did, and Barack Obama is hot at it even today. One of the weirdest things about the 1952 election is that the
If that sounds like a contradiction - a politics for nonpolitics - it's because that really was a contradiction. The successful candidates who pose at being outside normal politics do so with plenty of political activism and political strategy supporting them. You don't actually break the mold by missing the mold.
Steve Hayes reads the Giuliani and Thompson campaigns as misbegotten from the beginning: errors fathered by hubris and mothered by incompetence. And Steve is right - but there is, perhaps, a further
If buttercups buzz'd after the bee,