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The Broken Promise That Can Beat Obama

sam687 Wrote: Apr 04, 2012 11:17 AM
Hail!!!!!

Editor's note: A version of this column appeared originally in THE DAILY BEAST.

In the last 100 years, every U.S. president who lost his bid for a second term did so because he abandoned his principal promise to the American people. If Republicans can persuade the public that Barack Obama similarly shattered the pledge at the very core of his presidency, they will succeed in denying him the new lease on the White House he insists he deserves.

Four elected chief executives in this century failed in their reelection campaigns—and each of them flopped by landslide margins. For William Howard...