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Presidential power depended on Lincoln’s ability to rally his political base and to concentrate on the doable. Mark W Summers wrote: “Practical rather than theoretical in all other things and willing to have God on his side but aware that he must have Kentucky, he took on fights he could win. The fight to save the Union: that was possible. The fight to drive greed and self-interest out of a politics powered by both was as mad as making a southern Republican Party out of customshouse clerks and post office poll workers.”106

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