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Being nice won’t shield politicians from attack

By Gerry Nicholls      

Simply put, to succeed in politics you have to have a thick skin.

There were media reports which suggested Bernie Sanders had told fellow Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren in a private meeting last year that a woman couldn’t win the presidency. Mr. Sanders has vehemently denied ever saying this, but that didn’t save him from getting put through the ringer with some in the media suggesting he was now 'tainted by a whiff of sexism,' while others declared a Sanders victory would mean 'another misogynist as president.' Photographs courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

OAKVILLE, ONT.—If you’re pondering about running for elected office, and you’re thinking that since you’re a nice person, you won’t have to worry about getting viciously attacked, I’ve got some news for you—you’re dreaming in Technicolor.

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