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Executive Privilege: The 2012 Election and the Power of Incumbency

bottomsup Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 4:03 AM
Let's see, social engineering project in Iraq, nation building in Afghanistan, pork barrel spending explosion (K Street project), No Child Left Behind, ethanol mandates, Medicare Prescription, Faith Based Initiatives, airline bailout, auto bailout, insurance company bailout, Wall Street bailout, federally regulated bank bailout and federally non-regulated bank bailout.
Mitt Romney lost the presidential race by only two percentage points. If the election had been held just a week earlier, when he was up in the polls, things might have been different. Nonetheless, Mitt Romney lost, and now a bitter debate has ensued over the future of the Republican Party, with liberal Democrats happily plunging into the debate.

What is being lost in this debate, however, is just how hard it is to defeat an incumbent president—any incumbent president. Here’s a history lesson from the last 100 years:

There have been 19 incumbent...