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  •  But Clinton was a politician's politician (0+ / 0-)

    People who make this arguement about team Clinton never seem to factor in that someone as adept at politics and policy as Clinton only comes around about once in a generation. He is very smart, empathetic, very politically savvy, well up on most subjects that crossed his desk in general, picked a brilliant staff that he knew how and when to delegate to, etc.

    There were probably a number of people who could have put him into office. If Clinton's team had to instead work with nearly anyone else in the party at that time, I don't think we'd be hearing such high praise about them.

    Clinton had more to do with his winning two terms than anyone else.

    It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. - Upton Sinclair

    by Noodles on Sat May 13, 2006 at 08:07:57 AM PDT

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    •  As adept at Clinton was (and still is) (0+ / 0-)

      we should also remember that he won a plurality both times. We also have R. Perot to thank for Clinton having two terms.

      Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Well, come on, doesn't anybody know!?!?

      by Erik the Red on Sat May 13, 2006 at 02:24:27 PM PDT

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      •  Uh, no (0+ / 0-)

        Clinton would have won in 1992 and 1996 with or without Perot.

        http://www.fairvote.org/... htm

        Perot took evenly from both sides.

        Hence, this would make the popular vote in 1992:

        Clinton 53%
        Bush 47%

        I will be charitable to Bush and make it

        Clinton 52%
        Bush 48%

        As far as the best case electoral college results for Bush without Perot in the race, the results would have been

        Clinton 281
        Bush 257

        And it probably would not have been this close.

        ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING

        by v2aggie2 on Sat May 13, 2006 at 05:18:47 PM PDT

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