Commentary, Leadership

The Lesson Has Been Learned, Demonstrated, and Respected

Issue 10 and Volume 173.

editor’s opinion ❘ By BOBBY HALTON Many years ago, a Democrat political operative named James Carville, known for his southern humor and his marriage to Republican operative Mary Matalin, helped elect a president. It was Carville who coined a winning campaign slogan for Bill Clinton: “It’s the economy, stupid”! Old Jim was spot on; that is what folks cared about. Slogans are words that matter and, to be more clear, “It’s the economy, stupid” wasn’t actually the slogan, but it was what Carville wanted President Clinton and all of his other campaign workers focused on because he understood that was what mattered to the voters: a president who would manage the economy in a way that would make their lives better. Carville understood what was most important to the individual voter. He knew voters would elect the person who promised to do what they wanted in terms of actions, focus,…

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