retail politician

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 7 15:08:36 UTC 2011

That's close to what I had in mind, but better expressed. It also makes sense.

Maybe...too much sense.


On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 9:51 AM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at> wrote:
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> Internet discussions seem to differentiate between "wholesale politicians," who appeal to voters via paid advertising in the "media," and "retail politicians," who do direct, "live" or "personal" campaigning.
> --Charlie
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> Google hits 27,000 sites.
> Twice in the last few weeks, talking heads have described Gov. Perry
> as a "great retail politician."  At least he was before his unusual
> New Hampshire speech, at least one-third of which is well worth
> watching:
> Is he still a great retail politician? How do we know? Am I the only
> one who can construct a plausible meaning for the phrase "retail
> politician"? ("A politician who can successfully appeal to voters" ?)
> JL
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