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When Administrations Implode

loadstar Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 10:29 AM
Suppose you had to answer the famous Ronald Reagan questions as you consider voting this year: Are you better off than you were 4 years ago? Is it easier for you to go to the store and buy things than it was 4 years ago? Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was 4 years ago? Is America as respected throughout the world as it was? Is America as strong as we were 4 years ago? HOW does the ObaMessiah win if those questions are asked by Romney? Mitt, just shrug off the ad hominem personal attacks and KILL him with the economy! People vote their pocketbooks! "It's the economy, stupid!"

Administration meltdowns are hardly novel. In almost every presidency there comes a moment when sheer chaos takes hold, whether self-induced or as a result of an outside crisis.

Vietnam had effectively destroyed Lyndon Johnson by 1967. Watergate unraveled the Richard Nixon administration, as the disgraced president resigned in the face of certain impeachment. Gerald Ford could not whip inflation and was not re-elected. One-termer Jimmy Carter was undone by the Iranian hostage crisis and skyrocketing oil prices.

For a time, it seemed that Ronald Reagan's second term might not survive the Iran-Contra scandal. George H.W. Bush could not be re-elected after...