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In my mind, this post is linked to the on-going discussion of the hydra-headed hostility to Clinton and Gore.

First of all, why is it accepted dogma that wanting to be President says something weirdly awful about the person who does? The constant press juxtasposition of Gore's ambitions, (the horror of his changing wardrobe selections as tokens of his ruthless no-holds-barred pursuit of power, the derisive snickerings about his having no other life than his desire to be President, despite the clear evidence of his variety of interests and his ability to write an actual book without a ghost writer), compared to Bush's supposed more "relaxed" attitude toward becoming President, as if he had this rich life on "the ranch" to go back to if he didn't make it.

Aside from it being a total crock, why was that a superior attitude, and how on earth could the press maintain that illusion after Bush v. Gore?

2nd point: what you're doing in this post, Lance, is precisely what the press seemed incapable of doing with Clinton or Gore or Hart - to understand that such press rumminations on a candidate's character is a form of story telling that can only approach any useful truth when the storyteller manages to connect the story of any particular candidate to what makes the rest of us human.

Instead, with Clinton, "character" became a word that signified whether you had a "good" character, which seemed also to mean that you were without sin. And the Washington press corps showed themselves to be unfamiliar with any of the great novels of the Western tradition; does Emma Bovary have "character;" does Able Magwitch?

This kind of stimulation to my own thinking is what I come here for. Plus the pleasure of the actual writing.

as always, thank-you.


Re Wolfe's line, it was captured by Kipling, too: too much ego in his cosmos.

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