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There’s no such thing as “suspending” a political campaign.

June 4, 2017

Posted this a week ago…



Exploiting a national tragedy for political purposes is a sin of a high order.  Accusing a party or parties of exploiting a national tragedy for political purposes is a correspondingly serious charge.

Perhaps it takes courage to forego political advantage in the national interest.  And -perhaps it also takes a kind of courage to risk being accused of exploiting a security emergency by taking steps which are profoundly necessary while happening to be politically advantageous.

In any case, no “interruption” of politics actually puts a campaign in suspended animation.   A hiatus in a campaign has political implications even if it doesn’t have political motives.  To adopt North-American sporting parlance – “suspending” the campaign is like calling a “time out”.   And “time outs” serve a particular purpose for particular teams at particular times.  In any kind of competition, one player or players enjoys that nebulous yet potent thing called…

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