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C- in Presidential history

Ezra Klein writing at the LA Times needs some remedial lessons.

THE LOSERS: Since LBJ, six sitting or former U.S. senators have been nominated to run for president. None was elected

LBJ was elected in 1964. So lets start counting in 1968 all past or present senators who ran for President. I'll put their years served in office in parentheses.

Hubert Humphrey(49-64)
Richard Nixon(51-53)
George McGovern(63-81)
Walter Mondale(64-76)
Bob Dole(69-96)
Al Gore(85-93)
John Kerry(85-present)
Barak Obama(05-present)
John McCain(87-present)

Now lets count the total above. 1...2...3...4....5....6...7....8....9. Nine isn't six. If you think Klein wasn't counting McCain and Obama, it is still 7. Klein most likely forgetting Richard Nixon's short tenure in the US Senate. Where are all those factcheckers the MSM is so proud of? Why doesn't the LA Times fix the columnist's mistake at their website?

That ends my nitpick of the day. Open heart surgery hasn't changed me that much.


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"None was elected"... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"None was elected"

Sorry if my Catholic education was lacking or I am not all that smart due to being a repbublican but shouldn't that say

NONE WERE ELECTED?

I guess liberal newspaper explains the quality of writing.

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Also if you look at the list you have:

Hubert Humphrey(49-64) (D)
Richard Nixon(51-53) (R)
George McGovern(63-81) (D)
Walter Mondale(64-76) (D)
Bob Dole(69-96) (R)
Al Gore(85-93) (D)
John Kerry(85-present) (D)
Barak Obama(05-present) (D)
John McCain(87-present (R)

Six on the list are democrats. Obviously they only care about the demeocrat side of the house as republicans dont matter.


What's even dumber is that ... (Below threshold)

What's even dumber is that they don't take into account what position they held when they ran for president. Humphrey, Nixon, Mondale, and Gore were sitting or former vice-presidents. And by starting their count with Johnson, they omit Kennedy -- the last sitting Senator to win the presidency.

J.

I am no fan of the LAT, but... (Below threshold)
Webster:

I am no fan of the LAT, but the guy makes his meaning clear in the second paragraph where he says "sitting" Senators. Humphrey, Nixon, and Gore were not "sitting" Senators when they ran. He is still wrong, but only because he is sloppy.

Qualifying the issue with "... (Below threshold)

Qualifying the issue with "sitting" Senators gives him more leeway to still be wrong (but only a little) and to omit Kennedy. It also paints a different picture. It's like looking at a Dali painting and saying, "What's anatomically incorrect? The eye is in perfect proportion to the rest of the body," while ignoring that it's on the foot.

Usually what people mean wh... (Below threshold)
Edward Sisson Author Profile Page:

Usually what people mean when they raise this is Senators who did not, before getting the nomination, at one time hold the VP slot; and of course the upcoming election wouldn't be included. We can call them "Senators only." But since Johnson this would make a list of 3 , not 6: McGovern, Dole, Kerry.

If we look at all "Senators only" since the Civil War who got the Dem. or Repub. Presidential nomination, we have the three losers above, balanced against two winners: Kennedy and Harding (Blaine, Dem who lost in 1884 was Secretary of State after being Senator; LaFollette in 1924 was an "only Senator" who got the Progressive Party nom. and got lots of Dem voters).

On those odds, being an "only Senator" nominee isn't so bad. After the 2008 election, it will be an even 50/50: 3 winners and 3 losers.

I am not sure it means anyt... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

I am not sure it means anything, but since Nixon, the Republicans have never lost an election where both Presidental and Vice-Presidential nominies were not lawyers (Reagan-Bush, Bush-Cheney), and one only one election where at least one was a lawyer (Bush-Quayle 1988).

Where are all tho... (Below threshold)
Where are all those factcheckers the MSM is so proud of?

Why they are in Alaska Bill Jempty, fantasy checking, er, uh, I mean, fact checking all of those rumors about the evil Sarah Palin.

After all, guys with terrorist ties and who think that Chinese infrastructure surpasses ours by leaps and bounds (did he actually repeat that whopper on the o'really show, and "Mr. lookin' out for us" didn't call him on it!?!), are not nearly as much a threat to democracy herself as an Apostolic Christian who doesn't even have the good sense and decency to kill her own imperfect baby before he can get out here and make disengenuous leftists feel uncomfortable.

"None was elected." Wait, ... (Below threshold)

"None was elected." Wait, Nixon wasn't elected? How did I miss that?

Maybe there were listening to Steel Prophet's 'When Six Was Nine'?

That was a petty and mean-s... (Below threshold)
Arthur:

That was a petty and mean-spirited nitpick. I heartily approve!

It's not just Nixon who was... (Below threshold)
Herman:

It's not just Nixon who was overlooked. Al Gore was elected President in 2000 but his election was nullified by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Al Gore was elected Pre... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Al Gore was elected President in 2000 but his election was nullified by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Thanks, but if I want to read alternative history, Harry Turtledove does it better and much more realistically than you.

Ask Jesse Jackson, even Rainbow/PUSH did a recount, and lo and behold, George W. Bush won Florida. And went on to win it again in 2004.

Anyone remember that show Herman's Head? If they remade it about our little Herman, it would be filming an empty room, decorated in soft padded floors, walls, and ceiling. . .





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