December 5, 2010

THAT'S NOT THE PART THAT MATTERS:

For Obama, will it be Truman or Clinton? (Dan Balz, 12/05/10, Washington Post)

[I]s it Truman or Clinton who provides the better alternative model? Both of those former Democratic presidents suffered major defeats in their first midterm elections. Truman's Democrats lost 55 House seats in 1946, while Clinton's party lost 54 House seats in 1994. Both came back to win two years later.

Democrats are divided over many things, including which president Obama should emulate as he decides how to respond to the thrashing he and his party suffered in last month's midterms.


He needs to be a white Southerner, to have an opponent who's as bad on the trail as Dewey and Dole, and a third party challenger on the Right, in order to replicate their successes.


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Posted by Orrin Judd at December 5, 2010 7:30 AM
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