THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: When Talk Is Cheap and Wild


There is a political protest struggling to be born out in the country. If it makes it self heard, eventually it may ask something like this: Why are we repeatedly forced to choose our Presidents from the Congress? There is no rebellion yet, but there is at least a rising murmur at the spectacle of ten of the 16 presidential possibilities being products of Capitol Hill.

Congress is an unreal world—and getting more so. Talk there is cheap and wild and it is rarely accountable. Senators and Congressmen do not have to...

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