The Democrats' Big Problem

The left's post-election celebrations are wholly unwarranted. Consider first the presidential election results.  Yes, Mitt Romney was a moderate in conservative's clothing, and yes, Republicans next time must nominate a real conservative.  But Obama actually performed terribly by historical standards. Only five presidents running for re-election in the last one hundred years have gotten a smaller percentage of the popular vote in their re-election bid than when they won the presidency.  When Taft sought reelection in 1912, he got less of the popular vote than in 1908, but Teddy Roosevelt ran as a Bull Moose independent.   Herbert Hoover in 1932 had a smaller percentage of the popular vote than in 1928, thanks to the Great Depression.  Jimmy Carter in 1980 got less of the popular vote than he had in 1976, running in light of the Iran hostage crisis, the energy crisis, and Ronald Reagan as an opponent.  George H. Bush in 1992, with Ross Perot running a...(Read Full Article)

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