Somewhere in Robert Heinlein's Double Star
, one of the better novels of one of the best SF authors of the Twentieth century, appears the following comment on the subject of politics:
"It's rough and sometimes it's dirty and it's always hard work and tedious details. But it's the only sport for grownups. All other games are for kids. All of 'em."
I was reminded of it reading something written a little earlier by Finley Peter Donne, an author Heinlein may well have read, a journalist who became prominent in the 1890's through his creation of Mr. Dooley, a fictional Irish barkeep in Chicago.
Reading through a book
of the Mr. Dooley pieces, I found at the end of it some written by Dunne in his own voice. Part of one of them deals with politics in general and the events surrounding the nomination of Grover Cleveland in particular. It is too long for me to be willing to retype it, but I found it in Google Books and here
it is. The passage begins with "But are you convulsed" and ends with a quote from Lord Palmerston.
A commenter offers a link
to a more readable version of the piece.