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Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

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People who claim to know jackrabbits will tell you they are primarily motivated by Fear, Stupidity and Craziness. He’d have somebody else go get it for him… and if anybody asked what he was drinking, he’d say “orange juice.

The Pendulum Theory is very voguish these days, especially among Washington columnists and in the more prestigious academic circles, where the conversion-rate has been running at almost epidemic proportions since the night of November 7th. Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 is a 1973 book that recounts and analyzes the 1972 presidential campaign in which Richard Nixon was re-elected President of the United States. He shows the differences between the nomination campaign and the presidential campaign from the National party perspective and finally he contrasts the Nixon campaign and bargaining with that of McGovern.

Say… ah… Ralph, I think maybe you should finish your drink and get that camera strap off your neck real fast.

Not radical in the left/right sense, but radical in a sense that he was coming on with … a new … a different type of politician … a person who actually would grab the system by the ears and shake it.And the tip-off there was… I’m not sure… but… first it was when Ohio went down … no, Illinois… that’s right, it was Illinois… When Illinois went by 11 points you could almost feel the shudder that went through the place because Illinois was where they had Gene Pokorny, their best organizer.

I thought that it wasn’t just a matter of personality differences with me or ideological differences with me.

People you’d never expect to break down … stumbled off the plane in tears, and… it was… I don’t know like a … funeral after a mass murder or something… there was no way to describe it, a kind of … falling apart. I didn’t think there were major gaps being made in the campaign, but there were some right at the beginning that haunted us all the way through. Both McGovern and Eagleton would have complete physicals later at Walter Reed Hospital, and challenge the other candidates to do the same and release the medical results.

It scared the hell out of me … But we made it to the terminal and I bought a ticket for Denver, and… just got the hell out of Washington. Our Barbie doll President, with his Barbie doll wife and his box-full of Barbie doll children is also America’s answer to the monstrous Mr.

HST: That actually isn’t much fun, writing about it … the High is in the participation, and particularly if you identify with one candidate … I don’t think that I could do it if I didn’t care who won. but too many adrenaline rushes in any given time-span has the same bad effect on the nervous system as too many electro-shock treatments are said to have on the brain: After a while you start burning out the circuits . HST: He promised it for about ten days and finally he said that the psychiatrists wouldn’t release them, the Mayo Clinic wouldn’t release them, the Barnes Hospital wouldn’t release them. He shows the effects of the rigors of campaigning on the individuals and the workings of the political machine of the democratic party in the early 1970's. While this might seem a bizarre way to conduct journalism, it produces brilliant insights into whatever he chooses to study at the time.

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