From the daily archives: Monday, January 22, 2007

Until recently, I was certain I understood presidential elections and what it took to win. My theory went something like this:

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1. Governors win presidential elections (Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush)

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2. Senators lose presidential elections (Bob Dole, John Kerry Walter Mondale)

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I was convinced that, to win in 2008, the Democrats must have a candidate with proven leadership skills; an executive of some sort. A Governor, preferably.? Maybe a General.? At the very least, a popular, big-city mayor.? But NOT another lousy Senator.

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Then I started analyzing the data- and I […]

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