Governor Kunitz always tried to be succinct when participating in a campaign debate. His opponent, Tim O’Connor, always used a surfeit of hyperbole and figures. Governor Kunitz surmised that Tim was terribly insecure because otherwise he would have spoken with a simpler style. At one point a debate between them grew so hostile and long winded that a moderator suggested they table the issue. Governor Kunitz in truth found making speeches, shaking hands, and constantly smiling terribly tedious. The tedium of the campaign trail could be relentless.
His final compaign stop in one city was at an outdoor market which was teeming with schoolchildren from all over the area. Governor Kunitz grew so annoyed that he craved a drink or two, but in the interest of temperance, he managed to squelch the desire. He lived by the tenet that sound leadership required a sound mind. Tim O’Connor, in contrast, was a very tentative personality, forever sounding as if he couldn’t quite believe in his own political positions. Tim had only a tenuous understanding of what the people needed in a leader. The tenuousness of his grasp did not bode well for his election.
He began to realize how profoundly he had failed to win voter loyalty when he received a tepid welcome at his own headquarters upon his return from the campaign trail. He made a few terse remarks and then retreated to a private room where he sat for a long time, head in hands. It occurred to Tim O’Connor that he should have majored in theology instead of political science in college, because had he done so he might now have understood better how to touch the hearts and minds of the public. Of course Tim O’Connor’s campaign had also been thwarted by his poor choice of staff. Finally, Tim re-entered the main hall, faced his loyal followers and delivered a tirade of such intensity, they all walked out, clearly relieved they had gotten him nowhere.