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I'd say all of those candidates were better than the crop this year, yes.

Reagan and Dubya both had a certain charisma and humor about them that people in the middle -- who largely have no ideology and don't pay much attention to policy -- could relate to.  Both had a certain talent on the stump and had people around them savvy enough to cultivate relatable images.

I'd say McCain was the weakest of that group, although it's a close race with Dole.  McCain's kind of an airhead, and nobody outside of the press in DC really likes him.  Nevertheless, both were infinitely more qualified and nowhere near as ideologically rigid as the yahoos who ran this year.

Bush Sr could be quite funny and wasn't completely stupid.  Of the post-Nixon Republicans, he's probably the least offensive.  But he was obviously an old Yankee patrician type and obviously wasn't the talent that Bill Clinton was (back before Obama drove Clinton insane).

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun May 22nd, 2016 at 08:58:15 AM EST
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