The Political Clock Is Ticking: “From the American Revolution in 1775 through the bombardment of Fort Sumter and the attack on Pearl Harbor right down to Sept. 11, Americans have responded to major confrontations with what historians call a rage militaire –a patriotic, pro-fighting surge. Politicians who get in its way can expect to hear grumbles or worse. This usually only lasts a few months. Within a period of five to 15 months, depending on the election calendar, voters have cooled and are ready to haul out a tough yardstick, asking Washington: What have you won, who have you caught?”