Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 - Chapter 7, July Summary & Analysis

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July begins with Hunter S. Thompson providing readers with an analysis of what makes George Wallace a successful politician. He declares that it is Wallace's ability to whip beer-drinking factory workers into a frenzy. The author also describes how this same man spoke to a ballroom crowd. Many people did not like hearing what Wallace had to say. Thompson then explains that Wallace was not doing what it may have at first appeared. He wasn't really directing his speech to those immediately present as much as they are inclined to believe. In reality, Wallace wanted to or by default did, pitch potential votes. "Pitch" in this context means that Wallace was targeting voters and had a goal in mind. In this regard, the term comes more from sales than from baseball and softball. There's still a big difference between an overhand pitch and...

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