...he will have to speak with a little less reason and a few more rhetorical flourishes. Even though he is slamming on the rostrum a la Kruschev, he is winning little in the way of applause. He is not even getting much in the way of snide comments from the hecklers in the front rows, those whose job it is to yell in order to knock the speaker off his rhythm. Members of the Cabinet, who are facing the loss of their jobs, are falling asleep in their chairs.
So far, the Liberal Democratic Party's leaders (Ishihara is party secretary-general) have done the party no favors.
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