The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Silence as a Political Weapon

Throughout history the virtues of selected silence have been noted with noisy regularity ("He who knows nothing else knows enough if he knows when to be silent," goes an Italian proverb). Yet the practitioners of that wisdom have been few in American politics. The blabbermouths have been ascendant.

Last week George Gallup announced that his polls showed that Ronald Reagan had pulled ahead of Democratic Contender Walter Mondale and was edging up on John Glenn. They have for months been describing their heartache for the Oval Office. Reagan has not made any public commitment to run again and apparently has...

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