Echoes of Elections Past for Both 2012 Candidates
BY GERALD F. SEIB
With fewer than 100 days to go before Election Day, we’re at one of those rare junctures where each party can feel good about its chances. In fact, each side in this year’s presidential race can plausibly pick a precedent it likes from recent history—each with some eerie similarities to this year’s campaign—and see its chances reflected there.
Democrats want this to be like 2004, when an incumbent president with middling job-approval ratings prevailed over a wealthy challenger who struck a lot of voters as a bit aloof, and whose signature biographical asset turned out not to be much of …
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