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Viewpoint: Walter Kirn

From The New Republic: “Down in the catacombs of the group unconscious where elections really occur...

“Down in the catacombs of the group unconscious where elections really occur, a mythological struggle is unfolding between two profoundly different archetypal figures. Barack Obama, a lonely meritocratic floater whose searcher parents met while on the drift and then wafted off in separate directions, fashioned a self from thin air; while Mitt Romney, from a family of pioneers who’d safely reached the promised land, hit the ground already in position. One educated himself by reading books, the other by scrutinizing balance sheets. Not since John F. Kennedy faced Richard Nixon, a golden boy pitted against a five o’clock shadow, has U.S. presidential politics united such constitutionally different beings.”

Walter Kirn in The New Republic

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