Machiavelli and Frank Lautenberg Nearly Essay

Excerpt from Essay :



Frank Lautenberg's career may be described as "mostly Machiavellian" because of the way in which he used negative campaign ads early on in order to secure his hold on power, before shifting towards more outwardly benevolent means of maintaining that power. Taking Machiavelli's advice to commit all the cruelties one needs all at once, instead of piecemeal over a longer period, Lautenberg ran a vicious campaign against Pete Dawkins that relied almost exclusively on the former's ability to paint Dawkins as an opportunist and a charlatan, effectively using Dawkins' own robust resume against him. Having solidified his hold on power by winning his first reelection, Lautenberg proceeded to curry the favor of the two groups whose favor Machiavelli sees as necessary for ruling any participatory form of government, namely, the general populace and the corporate elite whose money ends up funding the majority of political activity in America. In this way, Lautenberg protected himself from any resentment born out of his earlier negative campaign tactics, and successfully rebranded himself as a reliable stalwart of participatory democracy.

Works Cited

Anonymous. "Frank R. Lautenberg." Times Topics. The New York Times, 21 Sep 2011. Web.

5 Oct 2011. .

Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince. London: Grant Richards, 1903.

Lautenberg, Frank. United States. Firearms, Explosive and Terrorists: A Looming Threat A

Major U.S. Vulnerability. Washington: DIANE Publishing, 2011. Print.

"Senator Lautenberg: On The Issues ." Senator Frank Lautenberg. The United States…

Sources Used in Document:

Works Cited

Anonymous. "Frank R. Lautenberg." Times Topics. The New York Times, 21 Sep 2011. Web.

5 Oct 2011. <http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/l/frank_r_lautenberg/index.html>.

Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince. London: Grant Richards, 1903.

Lautenberg, Frank. United States. Firearms, Explosive and Terrorists: A Looming Threat A

Cite This Essay:

"Machiavelli And Frank Lautenberg Nearly" (2011, October 05) Retrieved February 25, 2020, from
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/machiavelli-and-frank-lautenberg-nearly-46127

"Machiavelli And Frank Lautenberg Nearly" 05 October 2011. Web.25 February. 2020. <
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/machiavelli-and-frank-lautenberg-nearly-46127>

"Machiavelli And Frank Lautenberg Nearly", 05 October 2011, Accessed.25 February. 2020,
https://www.paperdue.com/essay/machiavelli-and-frank-lautenberg-nearly-46127