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Biggest Collapse in American Politics?



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KJL–

I’m trying to think of a more precipitous collapse of a political candidate than Howard Dean. On January 3rd, the story was “Howard Dean Invulnerable.” Today it’s “Howard Dean Irrelevant.”

He’s spent $45 million, he’s been on the cover of every news magazine and in just one month finds himself reduced to Lieberman status as a candidate. Everyone knows it’s over except Howard.

Has this happened before? I’m thinking of Gary Hart, but Hart never achieved Dean-like polling numbers and certainly wasn’t a prohibitive favorite to win the nomination.

How about Dewey vs. Truman? I know that defeating an incumbent president is a lot tougher than winning an open election, but his name was on the front of the Chicago Trib.

Who am I overlooking?



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