In politics it would be novel to have a gracious rival. Modern political campaigners might take a lesson in graciousness and kindness from the great British statesman, Edward Campbell .
Once when Campbell was opposing Thackereay for a seat in Parliament, the two contenders, in course of their campaigning, met and engaged in friendly conversation. On taking leave of his rival Thackereay remarked,
'May the best man win!'
'Oh, no,' replied Campbell, 'I hope not, I want to win!'
E.J. Dionne Jr., author of They Only Look Dead, ascertains that politics in America today are nothing more than '…
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