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Context is always the most important part of such comparisons...I think...for we cannot know, had our technology been available then, how differently the politics of that day would have played out...how taking Lincoln out of his era...might compare with placing a Gingrich or a Clinton in the same circumstances...would Lincoln have been Lincoln?...What made Lincoln who he was?...would Lincoln have "cottoned" to the tools at his disposal...after all he would have been like many 50 somethings who disdain technology...or he might have been very taken with them and used them to his advantage...In Lincoln's era, after all there was certainly public discourse about the role of technology...much of it fearful of just what we find distressing today...I kind of agree that such comparisons are not all that useful...