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  •  Perot helped Clinton into the White House... (2+ / 0-)
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    Jimdotz, Pris from LA

    ...with less than a plurality of the vote.

    Be really weird if Mitt got the nomination, though.

    Two rich guys going at it.

    I, for one, welcome our new hillbilly overlords.

    by Bush Bites on Sun Nov 28, 2010 at 08:38:13 PM PST

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    •  Same dynamic as 1992 (0+ / 0-)

      However Obama is going to be the incumbent. So Bloomberg is the goddamn kingmaker. If he attack Obama it's good for Mitt if he attacks Mitt Obama is home free.

      A Catholic, Jew, Muslim and Buddhist walk into Al Aqsa Mosque. Buddhist immediately exclaims: "excuse me I appear to be in the wrong joke."

      by Salo on Sun Nov 28, 2010 at 08:42:58 PM PST

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    •  Perot did NOT help Clinton into the White House (3+ / 0-)

      this is a meme that took hold shortly after the 92 election, heavily promoted by the GOP, but it was never true.  Go back and look at polling from the summer on.  Pappy Bush never got above 40, which was in line with his (at that time record low) approval ratings.  His polling was quite stable, and closely predicted his final vote.  Meanwhile, Clinton was as high as 55 until Perot became viable, and after that Clinton's lead went up and down in inverse proportion to Perot's polling (as he left the race then got back in).   Perot's effect was to divide the anti-incumbent vote, and in the end to limit Clinton's win to 7 pts over a deeply, deeply unpopular incumbent.  

      2012 is not likely to resemble 92, certainly not if Palin is the gop nominee.  That would like if Ted Kennedy had run in place of Clinton.  Or maybe more like Noam Chomsky...  

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