We live in an age where political parties as well as journalists and pundits are overly obsessed with the racial, ethnic, and religious lineage of a candidate both in terms of suitability and electability.
Paul Ryan was portrayed by many in the media as a "numbers whiz." Assuming that Ryan truly is a data-cruncher, one can't help wondering if he was aware of the historical data regarding the probability of ever becoming president after being on the losing side of a ticket.
George McGovern lived these core ideals of the American Republic, acting in the tradition of Jefferson and the Enlightenment. And he lived them in dramatic action, in some of the most turbulent times of American history.
Mondale was gracious about my diplomatic faux pas, probably chalking it up to inexperience, although I took a lot of ribbing from my colleagues and the American reporters accompanying us as we headed home, and I tried to put the embarrassing flap behind me.
Newt Gingrich. Iowa caucuses. To say it seemed an unlikely prospect that the candidate whose staff famously quit because of disorganization would have a commanding lead in a state that supposedly requires a premium in organization would be gross understatement.
Walter Mondale's "good fights" often involved efforts to defend rights of, or extend opportunity to, those people American or global society excluded and to align American policy with high and compassionate values.
We're doing nothing effective to stop the flood of narcotics that aim to meet the appetites of U.S. addicts, or to stem the tide of guns from hundreds of virtually unregulated shops on the U.S. side of the border.
Reading the book I'm struck by the threads of continuity running from 1970 to 2010. America was in a state of imperial overstretch, riven by a foolish war and roiled by divisive politics. And Hart has had a unique vantage point throughout.
Dick Cheney occupies a historically unique position: He is an ex-VP who left office electorally undefeated and has not sought the Presidency. As a result, he retains some of the trappings of an undefeated elder statesman.
I'll never forget the moment when Mondale finished delivering the speech. I'd been told that the most we could hope for was a smattering of polite applause; instead, there was a sustained standing ovation.