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  •  Two memories (4+ / 0-)

    of Dukakis:
    1.  When I was in law school I walked from my dumpy apartment to the State Street T station, a path that took me through the Mass state house.  I passed him more then a few times as he walked from the T to the State House - and it happened enough he started saying hi.
    2.  In 1996 I was at a party at the Democratic National Convention and he stood off to the side of the party - and he was kind of being ignored.  Losers are discarded very quickly in politics.  It was like those in attendance thought the nominee of the party just 8 years before had some kind of disease they didn't want to catch.

    More seriously, let's look at the states that were Dukakis lost by less than 5:

        Illinois, 2.09%
        Pennsylvania, 2.31%
        Maryland, 2.91%
        Vermont, 3.52%
        California, 3.57%
        Missouri, 3.98%
        West Virginia, 4.74%
        New Mexico, 4.96%

    It is interesting to look at how big some of the shifts are here even when compared to 2000.  12 years later Illinois, Vermont and California would be safely Democratic.

    Another interesting point: there were more states decided by 5 or less in 1988 (where Bush won by 7) than there were in 2012 - a much close election.

    The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

    by fladem on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:08:48 AM PST

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    •  You walked through the State house? (0+ / 0-)

      That seems weird.

      And Dukakis won West Virginia.

      There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

      by slothlax on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 04:31:48 PM PST

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      •  Quickest way (1+ / 0-)
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        to get from the poor side of Beacon Hill to State Street.  Next to the car park there were two doors you could go through that would save half a block.

        Can't do it now because of Security - but you could then.

        The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

        by fladem on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:49:01 PM PST

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