Friday, October 20, 2017

History is a wonderful thing.......

"God!  The country that produced George Washington has got this collection of crumb-bums!

-Barbara Tuchman, on the 1980 presidential candidates

In case you needed reminding, Ronald Reagan was the 1980 Republican candidate, after primary challenges from Howard Baker, Bob Dole, Lowell Weicker, John Anderson, Philip Crane, John Connally, and George H. W. Bush.  Jimmy Carter, the incumbent president, was the Democratic candidate, after besting Teddy Kennedy for the nomination.  John Anderson, not pleased to be left out of the fun, then ran as an independent, gathering over 5,700,000 votes.

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