Memoirs of the John Glenn Presidency

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Nov. 8 2010 11:02 AM

Memoirs of the John Glenn Presidency

I see that the speculation over which Republican can take out Barack Obama in 2012 has already begun. Here are two pieces of literature to consider before analyzing that. First, Richard J. Cattani's article "Reagan's next two years -- through Democratic lenses," from the December 15, 1982 issue of the Christian Science Monitor.

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Also, this Reuters story that ran on December 31, 1994.

Nearly half of all Americans think President Clinton should not seek re-election, according to a Newsweek poll released Friday. The poll was conducted before Clinton told wire service reporters Thursday that he intends to run for office in 1996.

While 47 percent polled said Clinton should bow out of the running in two years, 44 percent felt he should seek another term.  The poll showed that if the election were held today, both Colin Powell, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who has not revealed his political party leanings, and incoming Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, a Republican, could beat Clinton in a presidential heat. They would prevail 48 percent to 34 percent, and 48 percent to 38 percent, respectively.

Consider these the appendix to the ongoing series "Barack Obama wins if the economy recovers and loses if he doesn't, and nothing else really matters."

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 



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