Re: Election talk--why here?

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Sun Nov 12 2000 - 11:05:16 MST

I guess most of those events could be called "politics." But I suppose I
was using the word in a much more limited sense (i.e. what most people think
of when you say "politics" - the antics of "politicians"). In that sense,
the only things on your list that would cut it (in my mind) are Nixon and
McCarthy. IMO neither will come close to having the historical impact as
the current debacle.


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Subject: Re: Election talk--why here?

> In a message dated 11/12/00 3:52:19 AM Central Standard Time,
> writes:
> > The single most historic, exciting and interesting event ever to happen
> > the entire history of US politics and you propose we not discuss it?
> Robin accused me of lawyerly hyperbole a few days ago (in a good-natured
> way). Perhaps this is a bit of the same. While the 2000 presidential
> election will certainly gain a place in history, off the top of my head
> rank the following as more "exciting and important":
> * The Declaration of Independence, its antecedents and its aftermath
> * The First Constitutional Convention
> * The Civil War, its antecedents and its aftermath
> * The impeachment of Richard Nixon
> * The political reaction to the Great Depression
> * The civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s
> and the following of at least equivalent prominence:
> * The rise and fall of Joseph MacCarthy
> * The presidential election of 1824
> * The presidential election of 1960
> * The assassination of JFK
> [This list compiled before my first cup of coffee . . .]
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