The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Right Time for Boldness

The Presidency

In the aftermath of Jimmy Carter's defeat, his pollster Patrick Caddell sat down to ponder the debacle with Ben Wattenberg of the American Enterprise Institute, and Richard Wirthlin, Ronald Reagan's public opinion expert.

Said Caddell: "One of Ihe things a President as a political leader has to confront is how to buy time from the public to put into place programs that take months to get through Congress, much less have an impact. Given the public mood, a healthy dose of boldness in the early days may help buy time. So my advice lo Mr. Reagan now would simply come down...

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