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I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy; Dear Jack, Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.
John F. Kennedy
I love drugs, but I hate hangovers, and the hatred of the hangover wins by a landslide every time.
Andrew Jackson was the first president to claim that the desires of the public overrode Congress's constitutional prerogatives. Virtually every president since Jackson has claimed the mantle, even while lacking two ingredients of an electoral mandate: a landslide victory and a specific agenda.
And it sends an important message to me, because I am sick to death to hear my opponent saying Republicans don't trust me. They do trust me, in landslide proportions, and they're proving it tonight. We're going to bury that for good.
Ben Nighthorse Campbell
Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.
Joseph P. Kennedy
The scientific effort to inform the public about landslide risks often runs head-on into powerful economic interests.
A concrete agenda and landslide victory might not even guarantee a president his mandate in a capital as polarized as Washington.
Even with good maps, there's no guarantee that the public will get the word about landslide hazards, or that state and local governments will take action to discourage or prevent building in dangerous areas.
The entire federal budget for landslide research is $3.5 million a year - far less than the property value lost on a single day when 17 mansions slid down a hill in 2005 in Laguna Beach, Calif.
We have made major reforms in Greece. When I took over after a landslide victory we had a mandate for change and I knew my major focus would be re-organizing the state.
If you look back through history in the United States, there have been very few landslide elections. Half the country always voted for someone else.
Indeed, it was largely the clubbiness of the Washington village press corps that let Nixon get away with Watergate and still win his landslide in 1972.
In the executive branch, winning by a whisker is as good as winning in a landslide, but not so in the Senate.
If Scott Brown can win in a state that President Obama won by 26 points, I can win in a district that Obey won by just 20 points against an unknown, underfunded challenger in the Democratic landslide of 2008. It means there is not a single Democrat in the country who is safe.
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