SIEGECRAFT: I WILL MENTION POLITICS ONLY INSOFAR AS IT RELATES TO POWER | nationalsalvation.net
I have experienced fourteen presidential elections, I think it is. I remember hearing the 1948 results on the radio, but I didn't really experience that campaign. In every single one of them, more than once, speakers would announce, "This is the most important decision America has ever had to make."
And, for that speaker and at that time, it was.
I find it totally unproductive to talk about politics to anybody who thinks a presidential race is important. I just saw what I suppose was a repeat Saturday Night Live sketch about Hillary making a speech for her candidacy for the presidency and Obama walking in and taking all the attention and worship. I have said from the word Go that Hillary didn't stand a chance because she has all the charm of a robot.
If your game is presidential politics, your game is NOT power politics. The president has no power. He is the face which represents whatever is in vogue at the moment. The fate of American policy in Iraq may be decided in a McCain-Obama race, but Iraq makes no difference at all to history. But the election of 1972 was about American policy in Vietnam. McGovern was absolutely destroyed at the polls, and by 1976 his side had won and America had withdrawn from Vietnam.
One famous joke from the 1964 election was, "They told me that if I voted for Goldwater, America would end up in an Asian War. Sure enough, I voted for Goldwater and we DID end up in an Asian War."
I will mention politics only insofar as it relates to POWER.