The New Prince: Machiavelli Updated for the Twenty-First Century

Morris argues that the new pragmatism in politics is "to stay positive; to focus on the issues; to rise above party; and to lead through ideas.

D. Morris, The New Prince: Machiavelli Updated for the Twenty-First Century, Renaissance Books, 2000.

Morris argues that the new pragmatism in politics is "to stay positive; to focus on the issues; to rise above party; and to lead through ideas.

Our candidates and office holders need to change their tactics, their focus, and their strategies--not in the interest of better government, but in order to succeed in their chosen line of work."

Fewer people are voting, he says, but the ones who do are better informed, so message is more important than money now. Although he argued for early negative ads in the 1996 presidential campaign, Morris has seen the light, saying that "voters have moved beyond" negative ads. He also thinks

Americans are sick of scandal, which is why the Republicans couldn't impeach Bill Clinton over his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Arguing that politicians have to constantly take the public temperature to govern effectively--"Each day is election day in modern America"--Morris justifies the constant polling that he has used as a political tactic throughout his career.

So what is leadership? Morris defines it as maintaining "sufficient forward momentum to control events and steer public policy without losing public support."

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