Goldwater vs. McGovern

Back to the Political Future? (Specifically, 1964 and 1972) “Wait a second!” (you say). (Arizona Senator) Barry Goldwater didn’t run against South Dakota’s George McGovern. Republican Goldwater ran against Democrat Lyndon Johnson, and was on the losing side of the famous 1964 landslide. Two elections later, on the opposite end of the political spectrum, McGovern...
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Election Semantics: Finishing Second vs. “Failing”

“And the Oscar White House Goes to . . .” What do you call the person who finishes last in their medical school class? Answer: “Doctor.” –old joke. If Mitt Romney wins today’s election, he is, of course, President. If he loses? Like other runners-up (Minnesota’s Walter Mondale, Al Gore, John McCain, etc.), he is...
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