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There Had to be Times When It Was Better – “Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics” – Anonymous

June 9th, 2011 · No Comments · Political Fiction, Politics, Progressive Politics, The Kennedys, US Politics

“It couldn’t always have been the way it is now, the feeling of—of blah. Swamp gas. Stagnation. There had to be times when it was better. The other guys had it with Reagan, I guess. But, to me, he was just floating with the flow. He didn’t try for anything hard.…”

“And a good thing, too,” she said.

“Yeah, I guess … The thing is, I’d kind of like to know how it feels when you’re fighting over … y’know—historic stuff. I’m not like you. I didn’t have Kennedy. I got him from books, from TV. But I can’t get enough of him, y’know? Can’t stop looking at pictures of him, listening to him speak. I’ve never heard a president use words like ‘destiny’ or ‘sacrifice’ and it wasn’t bullshit. So: I want to be part of something, a moment, like that. When it’s real, when it’s history. I…”


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