A Winning Formula?

After each of the last three presidents -- Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama -- won re-election, pundits began speculating that a new winning formula was emerging. Of course, the immediate Democratic and Republican successors to Clinton and Bush received a dose of reality. Following Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry went down to defeat. Following Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney suffered the same fate. And Obama's "formula" will not likely be very helpful to his successor either. First and foremost, individuals win the presidency, and individuals lose the presidency. Case in point: some Democrats still complain that Gore abandoned Clinton's formula. But that wasn't the problem. A formula that works for one candidate will not work for another candidate with different strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, Gore wasn't Clinton. That was a problem. Still, there are some qualities shared by winning candidates, and other qualities shared by losing candidates. For example,...(Read Full Article)