Before the GOP changes its image or compromises its principals in light of the last election, it should be mindful of one simple fact…Incumbent Presidents rarely lose re-election bids. In the last fifty years the all the Presidents not to be re-elected or elected, in the case of Gerald Ford, faced rivals in addition to the other party’s candidate. LBJ was rivaled by Robert Kennedy in 1968 an elected not to run, Gerald Ford was rivaled by Ronald Reagan in 1976, Jimmy Carter was rivaled by Ted Kennedy in 1980 and George H.W. Bush was rivaled by Ross Perot in 1992. History shows the presence of a rival for the President’s base signals his vulnerability and ultimately his demise. President Obama faced no such challenge from a party rival.