Thursday, January 17, 2008

Remembrance of embarrassments past

Just for fun, let’s recall some other embarrassing primary moments. Two obvious ones involved sitting presidents. In 1992, President Bush suffered the indignity of defeating commentator Pat Buchanan in New Hampshire by only a 52-37 margin. The fact that the early returns tended to favor Buchanan made the contest particularly disquieting for the president. And in 1968, President Johnson defeated Sen. Eugene McCarthy in New Hampshire by a margin of only 50-42, an experience that may have caused Johnson not to seek re-election. It should remembered, however, that Johnson’s name didn’t appear on the ballot – voters had to write him in.

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