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  •  Dukakis didn't do well with competence (1+ / 0-)
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    The candidate most associated with a competence pitch is probably Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic nominee, who was at the time the governor of Massachusetts. "This election isn't about ideology. It's about competence," he said in his speech accepting the nomination. Dukakis brought up the line himself in a telephone interview. He pointed out that he also said the 1988 election was about values, but "nobody remembers the second sentence."

    http://www.politicsdaily.com/...

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 07:20:04 AM PDT

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    •  Dukakis wasn't up against an incumbent (0+ / 0-)

      I think that's not a completely irrelevant analogy, but doesn't quite fit the 2012 match-up.

      This time around the "competent" looking candidate will be up against an incumbent president who has both sides of the political spectrum scratching their heads how he got there.

      •  no matchup is exactly like any other (1+ / 0-)
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        it's interesting because dukakis made a point of running on it.

        Bush, Senior, of corse was a semi incumbent.

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 10:10:24 AM PDT

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      •  I don't know how incompetent (2+ / 0-)
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        the guy who killed bin Laden and saved the auto industry really is, not to mention that people do like his policies, but some on the left like to blame him for the republican reaction to them.

        Further, the fact that Mitt Romney in the span of a week demonstrated he doesn't understand the Eurozone crisis or foreclosures, how competent is he?  Further, every time he tries to explain his Mass. health care bill, it sounds like he doesn't know what's in it.  (Which is true -- all he did was get out of the way of Beacon Hill dems.)

        I think at this point he's the likely nominee, but the Peter Principle applies to Romney a lot more than it does to Obama.

        "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

        by Loge on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 10:50:58 AM PDT

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    •  It didn't work in large part (0+ / 0-)

      because there wasn't any good reason to think H.W. Bush was incompetent, but it also reduced his margin for error.  Would a competent governor allowed the federal government to not clean up Boston harbor, furloughed William Horton (he was only "Willie" in the ads), or ridden around in the tank with that stupid, stupid helmet?

      "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by Loge on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 10:47:50 AM PDT

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