This quote from Stevenson appears at the beginning of Chapter 2 in Drew Westen’s must read book The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation
When the eloquent Adlai Stevenson was running for president against Dwight Eisenhower, a woman gushed to the Democratic candidate after a rally, “Every thinking person will be voting for you.” Stevenson supposedly replied: “Madam, that is not enough, I need a majority.”
Another excerpt from the book follows as Thought for the Day (and the next 16 months.) You may get tired of the comments I will be making about the book coming out at periodic intervals while I read the book at a slowly savoring speed. This is the whole concept that Lakoff’s book barely nicked the target of. Westen is getting the bullseye, over and over. Go get yours and regain some sanity.