“Protestant ascendency means nothing less than an influence obtained by virtue, by love, or even by artifice and seduction, -- full as little an influence derived from the means by which ministers have obtained an influence which might be called, without straining, an _ascendency_, in public assemblies in England, that is, by a liberal distribution of places and pensions, and other graces of government.”
“On the other hand, the Democratic Party of Virginia is very much in ascendency while the Republican Party of Virginia is very much in its descent.”
“You assume that campaigning on issues that are not now in ascendency will have no impact on the subcomponents of the electorate: people.”
“Wes Clark chose his, and the other team, some of whom are currently in ascendency, are still trying to exact a price.”
“We would, just for starters, argue that this "ascendency" -- not of "conservatism" with or without quotes, but of Rightist extremism -- dates to Nixon's brilliant and cowardly Southern strategy, and thus has crested forty.”
“It is preposterous to expect that the same superstition regarding skin ascendency, which is now so markedly played out in our Colonies in temporal matters, could have any weight whatsoever in matters so momentous as morals and religion.”
“Genoa is now jealous of Turin's political ascendency, which is just as sensible as would be jealousy of”
“The "loyal opposition" now seems more interested in ensuring its "ascendency" than in serving the whole of the American people.”
“Like the politicians described by Thucydides, Republican members of Congress now seem more deeply committed to their own partisan "ascendency" than to governing in a responsible manner.”
“Their goal seems less to be to enact legislation that serves the public interest than to make the President seem weak and ineffectual, and to thereby gain political "ascendency" for themselves.”
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