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Carter Redux?

ksatifka Wrote: Apr 28, 2012 9:40 AM
Interesting analogy between 1980 & today, Ms Charen. However, no one thinks that Romney is another Reagan. He appears to have no philosophical core, while Reagan made plain what he stood for. The demographic trends you alluded to are ominous. But, not counting the Obama years, 20 of the 28 since 1980 had Repub Prezs, and they have been mostly in the congressional majority since 1994. Doesn't speak much for their leadershp during this time, since they ripped up Reagan's tax code changes, didn't do anything to curtail immigration, and started endless wars of Empire, which are all bringing about their own destruction.

Every new datum on economic stagnation -- such as Thursday's Labor Department announcement that unemployment claims remain at a three-month high -- increases the temptation to compare the 2012 presidential race to 1980's. Both years feature a Democratic incumbent, elected on a surge of high hopes, who must face the voters after four years of disappointment. In both cases, the economy is a drag on the president. In both cases, the incumbent has attempted to demonize his opposition in order to avoid running on his record. In both cases, the challenger was regarded, at first, as easy to defeat.