As Perlstein is describing the 1972 Democratic National Convention, in Miami:
The new politics reformers had fantasized a pure politics, a politics of unyielding principle--an antipolitics. But in the real world politics without equivocation or compromse is impossible. Thus an unintended consequence for the would-be antipolitician. Announcing one's inflexibility sabotages him in advance. Every time he makes a political decision, he looks like a sellout. The reformers fantasized an open politics, in which all points of view had time to be heard. That meant that the Tuesday session adjourned eleven hours after it began, at 6:15 a.m.--a fortunate thing, cool-headed democratic strategists decided, terrified over what this all looked like on TV.