Coolidge on political campaigns

Some of us are somewhat put off by the spectacle of political candidates waging a bitter and personal campaign. Certainly Calvin Coolidge never had to subject himself to such a divisive process; at least on the surface, politics seem to have been more civil in those days before “Social Media” and constantly chattering pundits. Here’s a quote from Coolidge’s autobiography that demonstrates just how different the current political climate is, although Coolidge may well have been disingenious even for his time:

“It is much better not to press a candidacy too much, but to let it develop on its own merits without artificial stimulation. If the people want a man they will nominate him, if they do not want him he had best let the nomination go to another.”