Trivia Question..

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    Before Bill Clinton, who was the last Democrat President elected to a second term?
     
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    lbj
     
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    LBJ didn't run for a second term. He finished JFK's term and then ran for only one term.
     
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    OK, if you're going to change the rules for the question then the answer is FDR
     
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    Yep.. it's been a loong time.

    Just wondering what that says for their history of job performance.
     
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    It's not a fair question.
    FDR was elected. Truman essentially was re-elected to a second term. So was LBJ.
    So really the percentage of Dem presidents getting re-elected is pretty high. Only Carter didnt.
    And on the GOP side, only GHW Bush didn't get re-elected. ANd Ford, but that doesn't count.

    the point is the incumbent almost always gets re-elected because people are willing to give him a chance. Things have to be really bad before they'll switch horses.
    Of course $5/gal gasoline and 9%+ unemployment might just do it in 2012.
     
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    I think at the rate things are going, Clinton may still hold that mantle after 2012.
     
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    I think you're spot on. I would say that in general people don't like change, and resist change (in most things-not just politics/presidents), so we tend to re-elect presidents because of that.

    As far as Obama goes: two years is still a long time. With the way things are going now, I think it will be closer than his first election-but I think he will win as of right now.
     
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    Here's another trivia question: how many times in the past 120 years has an incumbent Democrat President lost his bid for re-election, other than Carter?

    What does that say about their job performance?

    You have to look at things in context.
     
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    Especially since Truman and L B J chose not to run again.

    PBO's giving the peanut farmer a run for his money...
     

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