Some years ago, the famed conservative William F. Buckley told me in a public conversations that the culture war is over—and my side lost.” Had Mr. Buckley been alive, he would have looked at last Tuesday’s outcomes and said, “as I was saying…”
How about an ex-one term congressman, a man of no prepossessing appearance, who’d lost his last two political campaigns. Not too impressive, is it…until you remember we’re talking about Abraham Lincoln, who led the country through its most severe threat to survival.
All you have to do is look at photographs of some recent presidents at the start of their terms – and then at the end – to appreciate the toll the job takes. The fact is, candidates are transformed by the presidency.