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Executive Privilege: The 2012 Election and the Power of Incumbency

DLWright Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 9:24 AM
The people in past generations believed in honor and hard work. This generation believes in hand outs. They won't stop until the government runs out of other people's money.
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...