Discussion in 'Politics' started by Philobeado, Mar 28, 2011.
Before Bill Clinton, who was the last Democrat President elected to a second term?
LBJ didn't run for a second term. He finished JFK's term and then ran for only one term.
OK, if you're going to change the rules for the question then the answer is FDR
Yep.. it's been a loong time.
Just wondering what that says for their history of job performance.
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.
I think at the rate things are going, Clinton may still hold that mantle after 2012.
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.
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.
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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