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Kerry-Gephardt

My predictions must be taken with a grain of salt: I’m the guy who predicted a Gore victory throughout 2000, right up to Election Day. (Some Democrats probably think my prediction was dead-on.) Kerry-Ford strikes me as possible only if the Democrats are feeling glum in July and believe they need to throw a Hail-Mary pass to win. The theory would be something like Ford will increase black turnout in the South and tip a few key state’s Kerry’s way. I’m not at all convinced this would happen–but it’s the kind of desperation move a heavy underdog might make. Kerry-Gephardt strikes me as safe for the Dems in many different circumstances. If it tips Missouri, it could even be inspired.

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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