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Disappointed Fans of Rick Santorum

….can take comfort from the fact that Bob Casey, Jr. won by a very old political gambit. ”Let him say not one single word about his principles, or his creed–let him say nothing–promise nothing. Let no Committee, no convention–no town meeting ever extract from him a single word, about what he thinks now, or what he will do hereafter. Let the use of pen and ink be wholly forbidden as if he were a mad poet in Bedlam.” Nicholas Biddle on William Henry Harrison.

(NB: Biddle gave this advice for Harrison’s first unsuccessful presidential run in 1836; but his second successful run in 1840 was run along the same lines–plus log cabins and hard cider.)

Richard Brookhiser — Historian Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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