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If history is any guide, Mitt Romney will win the Republican presidential nomination.
 
For some reason, Republicans nominate presidential candidates who ran unsuccessfully before – like Romney this year. See Ronald Reagan (the GOP gold standard) in 1980, George H.W. Bush in 1988, Bob Dole in 1996 and John McCain in 2008. The exception, George W. Bush, really isn’t an exception; he was a sequel: The Return of Bush.
 
Maybe it’s a hierarchical thing: the last loser deserves the laurel. More likely, it’s that losers learn from their mistakes and work hard to get better. Last time, Romney was too stiff and a poor debater. This time, he has does a passable imitation of a real human being, and he’s sharper in debates.
 
Typically, too, first-time Republican candidates underestimate how tough a presidential campaign is. Rick Perry is finding that it’s different from Texas.
 
Democrats are the opposite. We love first-timers: JFK in 1960, McGovern in 1972, Carter in 1976, Clinton in 1992 and Obama in 2008. Otherwise, we like former Vice Presidents like Humphrey, Mondale and Gore.
 
Maybe there’s something in the different DNA of Democrats and Republicans. Democrats love something new, while Republicans stick with the tried and true.

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  1. Carbine says:

    The contrast between a successful northeastern governor with real-life experience in the business world, and the social worker/adjunct professor from Chicago whose economic track record is a study in ineptitude, will be too great for the American people to ignore. The next election will almost certainly be about the economy, and it will take a miracle for Obama to win it if Romney’s his opponent.

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