The Presidency: Winning vs. Wielding Power

Winning vs. Wielding Power

By the time Americans pick a new President on Nov. 8 they will have invested nearly half a billion dollars in a random and chaotic process. They will have absorbed encyclopedic detail on such pop issues as the "wimp factor," and probably given more of the public's airwaves to this political marathon than to any other story of our age. Then a lot of them will lose interest until the Inauguration.

The President-elect will face the task of forming a Government, a job infinitely more important than campaigning, but a bit boring. Most of the huge media caravan will go back...

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