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    Carter had the vast majority of delegates in 1980 -- I'm sure most of them also blame Kennedy.

    And, you know, primary challenges never help. Most sitting presidents who get primaried don't seem to win the general.

    OTOH: If they were strong candidates, they wouldn't have gotten primaried in the first place, so it's a chicken and egg thing.

    But, as I said above and as the Wiki item relates, timing was against Teddy. The hostage thing worked to Carter's favor early on, and by the time the hostage thing started working against Carter, it was too late for Teddy. But it was perfect timing for Reagan.

    Frankly, I was undecided back then. But I thought it was justice that Carter lost the general largely because of the hostage thing because he used it as part of his "rose garden strategy" in the primaries.

    Live by the hostage crisis, die by the hostage crisis.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:03:52 AM PDT

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