The Truism Of The Unscrupulous Game Of Politics
Knowing that the game is necessary to succeed in politics, that "it has developed very slowly and logically over time" (422) shows that Stanton is high minded, a quality of being noble. His true love and dedication to the game come forth many times throughout Primary Colors, especially around the time of the Cashmere McLeod scandal when Stanton was regarded as history by the malicious media and it was in those times where he is "running on sheer will power" (228) that he eventually manages to prove everyone wrong. Or when the McCollister story broke, Stanton was completely humiliated at a Women's Political Caucus in New York and he didn't know if he could take much more, but he continues to fight (402-403), knowing that this is part of the game and he has to be able to deal with it if he wants to become President. Frustration does take hold of Stanton several times for he wants to prove to the people that he is not the average politician, he loves the game and he plays it, but "not for ambition and glory but because we love doin' for the folks"