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Election Mantras

Rich said the other day that he’s consoling himself by noting that Gore lost all three debates and still won the popular vote. I meant to add that my own mantra is that the first debate was really part of Bush’s elaborate rope-a-dope strategy.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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