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  •  I remember the 1976 campaign (1+ / 0-)
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    where Jimmy Carter concentrated on Iowa and NH in Feb and March, then a march through a variety of states such as Florida, Michigan, and Maryland.  In the meantime, other candidates such as Udall, Church and Brown rose up to challenge Carter.  This sharpened Carter and prepared him for the general.  But until the end of the primary season in JUNE, with the Ohio, NJ and California primaries, the winner was not selected. The "Marathon", the title of Jules Whitcover's book, allowed the party and the country time to get to know Jimmy Carter and Carter to get to know the country.  The party got a chance to try out other candidates, such as Frank Church, Morris Udall and Jerry Brown before deciding Carter was the man. In 2008, we will have about 2 weeks to get to know the front-runner.  I think that if the 2004 primary season had been more like 1976, we wouldn't have ended up with a weak Kerry.  If the party had more time to get to know Kerry, and his weaknesses, maybe Democrats would have chosen someone else.  Someone who would not have allowed himself to be SwiftBoated.

    "It's hip to be miserable when you're young and intellectual."--Carly Simon

    by Buckeye Terry on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 03:54:35 PM PDT

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