September 6, 2012
Will Slick Willie's Mojo Help Obama?
Bill Clinton's popularity transferrable to Barack Obama? So Geraldo Rivera wondered on Fox & Friends on Thursday morning. As must most Democrats, who have growing concerns about President Obama's reelection chances. But if endorsements by popular past or sitting presidents matter so much to the outcome of elections, why did Dick Nixon lose to Jack Kennedy in 1960? Eisenhower -- whom Nixon served as vice president - could have easily won a third term in office had he not been barred constitutionally. Nixon lost a close contest to Kennedy full of voting irregularities, but Eisenhower's glow should have made it a cakewalk for Nixon. And what the heck happened in 1992? The late Ronald Reagan stumped for his successor, George H. Bush. Mr. Reagan, whose integrity and popularity far eclipsed Mr. Clinton's, did nothing to stop voters from ousting Mr. Bush. Further back, in the 1938 midterm elections, FDR couldn't prevent...(Read Full Post)