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    blue aardvark

    I knew there were a few examples pre-1900. I couldn't think of any in the modern era. I know Hubert Humphry went back to the Senate after being VP and Mondale ran for Wellstone's seat in 2002 (although he agreed to run when the party needed someone under those circumstances - he wasn't necessarily looking to return to politics). But I couldn't think of any presidents who had done that.

    •  Taft was between T. Roosevelt and Wilson (2+ / 0-)
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      rbird, PrahaPartizan

      Truman was just glad to get out of politics, I think. Eisenhower was pretty old when he left the White House.
      Johnson was also glad to get out of politics.
      Nixon couldn't have been elected dogcatcher in a town overrun by rabid pit bulls.
      Carter arguably has been very involved in politics, but not elected office.
      Reagan was old.
      GHW Bush could probably have tried it, but didn't.
      Clinton has that whole "disbarred for perjury" thing hanging over him. I loves me some Big Dog, but that might be a campaign issue.
      GW Bush couldn't be elected dog pooper scooper in a town overrun by diarrheaic Saint Bernards subsisting on a diet of skunks.

      So the precedent exists, but I think it's weak. We may see a young, vital, scandal free, enthused ex-President someday who gets involved in electoral politics.

      Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

      by blue aardvark on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 02:31:05 PM PST

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