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The power of authenticity
Washington Post, by Michael Gerson

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Posted By:cromrock, 6/29/2014 6:43:09 PM

When I worked as a Senate aide in the early 1990s, the state of New York was represented by two figures who could hardly have been more different. (Snip) The lesson here: There are many ways to succeed in American politics, but most of them involve authenticity. Voters are often not interested in (or even capable of) making decisions based on a carefully sorted list of policy priorities. They often take politicians in the totality of their acts. They develop a composite picture that includes a candidate’s general policy predispositions (left or right), but also his or her public persona (“A least he knows what he believes.” “What a character;

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Source corrected (located at end of article). LCom Staff.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: eoddad, 6/29/2014 6:47:12 PM     (No. 9904712)

Michael, Thad Cochran did not win because he embraced earmarks. He won because he played dirty.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: cromrock, 6/29/2014 7:25:45 PM     (No. 9904753)

LCOM Staff - Thank you for the correction. It has been a while since I last posted and missed looking for the original source.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 6/29/2014 8:55:45 PM     (No. 9904794)

Where does the author get off naming Jeb Bush the front-runner? And who ever thought Obama was authentic? Even his most basic background data is up for debate.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 6/29/2014 9:47:59 PM     (No. 9904825)

How could anyone possibly describe Senator Cockroach as "authentic"? He used the lowest gutter tactics employed by liberals. He had John McCain, world´s biggest phony conservative, campaigning for him. He won because Mississippians are hopeless addicted to other people´s money. That state is a disgrace, they should be allowed to secede.

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When I worked as a Senate aide in the early 1990s, the state of New York was represented by two figures who could hardly have been more different. (Snip) The lesson here: There are many ways to succeed in American politics, but most of them involve authenticity. Voters are often not interested in (or even capable of) making decisions based on a carefully sorted list of policy priorities. They often take politicians in the totality of their acts. They develop a composite picture that includes a candidate’s general policy predispositions (left or right), but also his or her public persona (“A least he knows what he believes.” “What a character;



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