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  •  Plus, they both have great hair. (6+ / 0-)

    Yep, the parallels are striking, and you can throw John Kerry in there, too, in 2004 -- another person who didn't exactly light a fire under any of us.

    Gary Hart threw his chances away. Then Biden got caught up in a goofy plagiarism "scandal." So we were left with Dukakis.

    There is one difference, though: It drove me nuts throughout the '88 campaign that Dukakis refused to embrace that he was a liberal and explain what it means to be a liberal, as GHWB was tarring and feathering him with that word for months.

    Romney, on the other hand, keeps on trying to convince GOP voters that he's, ahem, "severely conservative," and they know it's nonsense.

    GHWB, if I remember correctly, won 40 states. I'd be happy with, say, 37 in 2012 going blue.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 11:50:15 AM PST

    •  In his defense, he was going with the conventional (3+ / 0-)
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      Wee Mama, edrie, BenderRodriguez

      wisdom, which had been--ever since McGovern--that liberalism was dead and no liberal candidate could ever win the country. And in 1984, that was almost certainly correct. Even today, after decades of the incompetence and excess of the GOP, Obama's liberalism--and it IS liberalism--is sharply controversial.

    •  I think we'd have done best.... (0+ / 0-)

      ....with Jesse Jackson as our candidate. Well, if he hadn't made his "Hymietown" remarks or taken a few of his more controversial stands. But even with his strongly lefty platform, he could have won, because he's a superb public speaker and would have run circles around the patrician George H.W. Bush.

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