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Other Big-Time Losers


Reader Tim S. writes:

A few precedents to Howard Dean’s collapse come to mind since the modern era of winning Presidential nominations began in 1960:

1988 (not 1984) – Gary Hart

1972 – Edmund S. Muskie

1968 – George Romney

Note that all were media-anointed front-runners who collapsed before or at the first primary. All were done in, in good part, by a single statement or action that destroyed them with voters, similar to Dr. Dean’s Iowa concession speech:

1988 – Hart challenges reporters to follow him

1972 – Muskie cries in front of the Manchester Union-Leader building

1967 – Romney states he was brainwashed about the Vietnam war.


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