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  •  2008 is not like 1980 (2+ / 0-)
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    quaderni, Ohiobama

    Here's what 1980 involved:

    1. A first-term, incumbent President being challenged in the primary by someone favored by the party's ideological base, but winning the nomination in the end;
    1. The "out" party nominating a well-known, experienced, national figure, who'd been elected governor of the country's largest state nearly 15 years before, served two terms, became a national leader of an ideological movement that had been developing for a couple of decades, and had run for president 4 years before;
    1. A more liberal member of the "out" party running an independent campaign that pulled ideological support from the incumbent.

    Bob Barr is not John Anderson, and that's the closest thing we've got to a comparison here.  McCain isn't Carter, Obama isn't Reagan, and 2008 isn't 1980.  I don't think it's even close.

    "Run, comrade, the old world is behind you!" -- Situationist graffito, 1968

    by Pesto on Sun Aug 03, 2008 at 01:22:37 PM PDT

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