Clark Clifford, special counsel to President Truman, reflected on
why Truman won in 1948. "It wasn't in my opinion because he was
a skilled politician that he won. He was a good politician...a sensible
politician...But that wasn't why he was elected President...It was
the remarkable courage in the man-his refusal to be discouraged, his
willingness to go through the suffering of that campaign, the fatigue,
the will to fight every step of the way, the will to win...It wasn't
Harry Truman the politician who won, it was Harry Truman the man."
(McCullough, David. Truman. Simon & Schuster: New York, 1992.