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National Journal’s reputation as an authoritative source of information is sometimes overrated. Consider an article in the current (3/29) issue comparing the presidencies of the two Bushes: “Both former President George H.W. Bush and current President George W. Bush were initially elected in close contests that left them with uncertain political mandates.” Actually, the first Bush in 1988 carried 40 states, beat Dukasis by 426 electoral votes to 111, and won 53.4% of the popular vote compared to 45.6% for Dukakis.


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