Lead: Of the weapons available to the politician, among the most powerful is humor. No one was better at wielding that weapon than Abraham Lincoln.

Tag: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Few politicians can survive if they become an object of laughter and ridicule. On the other hand, those seeking office who have the ability to use humor as a weapon against opponents or as a means of giving themselves a more sympathetic and down-to-earth image go a long way to winning to the support and perhaps the affection of the electorate. A sense of humor is not required for election, but it helps, both to soften the blow of losing or even better, to keep political success in correct perspective.

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