Thursday, August 11, 2005

Where thers's a Will, there's a way

This has nothing to do with Minnesota politics, but I think it’s a great story. For those unfamiliar with the background in the story, please allow me to enlighten you.

Jimmy Carter, as we all know, lost pitifully to Ronald Reagan in 1980. Carter reasoned that George Will stole the Carter campaign briefing book and gave it to Reagan, as if the Great Communicator needed any more help.

This is what will told Carter in 1993:

Regarding your briefing book, I will tell you what I have told many others. When I got to David Stockman's house on the day he was preparing to play the role of you in the debate preparations, he had on his kitchen table what I gather was the briefing book. I do not know how he got it; more to the point, I do not know who thought having it would be helpful. Frankly, you deserved better. My cursory glance at it convinced me that it was a crashing bore and next to useless -- for you, or for anyone else.

(Source: Washington Post, August 11, 2005)

Check out the whole article here.


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