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The Purposes of Political Combat

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary Magazine (and my replacement, in the summer of 1988, on the speechwriting staff of President Ronald Reagan).  Today, JPod on the purposes of political combat.

Politicians want to believe – particularly Barack Obama, in my view – that once an election is over, politics ends and action begins.  But in the United States, exclusively among the world’s democracies, politics begins when elections end.

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