The Corner

Gamecocks

The reviews are coming in from the Democrats’ debate in South Carolina, and it looks like the big loser was Bob Graham of Florida. “Graham bombed,” says the Miami Herald. He’s “charisma-free,” says the Philadelphia Inquirer. Newsday: “Graham often seemed even less visible than the three candidates generally consigned to the second tier: former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois, Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, and the Rev. Al Sharpton of New York.” There’s more, but you get the drift. As a centrist Dem who is popular in his home state, where he was once governor and which is key to a Bush victory in 2004, Graham is the kind of guy who can give Republicans the willies. At least on paper. Performance is another matter, and so far this guy’s a flop.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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