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Friday, August 29, 2008

FromDC2Iowa: Important things in politics

Excerpted from this post at FromDC2Iowa

Priceless: The Political Influence Money Can Buy ... "Mark Hanna,
William McKinley's campaign manager, once said, "There are two
important things in politics. The first is the money and I can't
remember the second." Patrick J. Buchanan, "A Plague on Both Your
Houses," Harvard University, March 16, 2000. The line is often quoted
(most recently by Ellen Miller of the Sunlight Foundation on ABC News,
below) but omitted from even Wikipedia's Mark Hanna entry, and
otherwise seldom sourced. It's consistent with today's definition of
the "Golden Rule": "Those who have the gold make the rules." It was
the subject of an eight-part series of blog entries I did on the
general subject of "Golden Rules & Revolutions" ... And it was on
display big time at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

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