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Past Is Prologue

  1. past is prologue
    Cheer Up, Democrats! You’ve Had It Worse Than This.The Democratic Party has a lot of problems, but it’s faced similarly sticky situations before and survived.
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    American Politics Is Back to the FutureCrime, inflation, parental rights in schools aren’t new issues at all, but a blast from the Republican revival of the ‘70s and ‘80s.
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    Politics Was Riddled With Celebrities Long Before TrumpActors, musicians, and athletes entering U.S. politics isn’t a new trend — in fact, it may be one of the oldest.
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    Joe Biden Is Not Jimmy Carter, and This Is Not the 1970sThe right’s facile comparisons of the two presidents miss the vastly different circumstances facing Biden and distort Carter’s record.
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    Biden May Bounce Back Like Other Presidents HaveHistory shows that presidents usually get reelected unless they are unlucky, or, like Donald Trump, they work hard at alienating voters.
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    Clinton and Biden Bookend the Era of the Swing VoterDifferences in how the two men approached campaigning and governing, despite their similar ideologies, reflect a massive shift in the U.S. electorate.
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    How Feasible Is a MAGA Third Party?The history of third parties shows no real template for Trump other than staying in the Republican Party or trying to replace it.
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    Political Unity Can Also Do Harm. Just Look at American History.From the Era of Good Feelings to the Compromise of 1877 and beyond, nonpartisanship and bipartisanship have often fostered injustice.
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    The Flimsy Nixon Precedent Trump Is Seizing On to Contest Biden’s WinIn 1960, Nixon disregarded a certified Electoral College slate from Hawaii favoring him. This is not the same as Pence disregarding a national defeat.
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    Are We Repeating the Pandemic Election Year of a Century Ago?There are similarities between 1920 and 2020, but Trump is no Woodrow Wilson and Biden is no Warren Harding.
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    The Reasons To Not Like IkeAs the new Eisenhower Memorial opens, a more measured examination of the 34th president and his legacy is appropriate.
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    The Last Time a Contested Election Tore the Country ApartThe 1876 presidential election and the compromise that settled it offer some key lessons as the possibility of a contested 2020 election result looms.
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    When Political Conventions Were Must-See TVConventions began evolving from news to infomercial long before this year’s virtual events — but we’ll still miss out on some fun, unexpected moments.
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    Remembering the Reagan-Ford ‘Co-Presidency’ That Could Have BeenIf you find Biden’s veep selection process boring, look back 40 years to a wild ride at the Republican convention where Reagan eventually picked Bush.
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    Four Years Ago Today, the Trump Circus Came to Town — and Never LeftDonald Trump’s first Republican-debate appearance set the low standard he has maintained ever since.
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    How the 1969 Mayoral Primary Changed New York City PoliticsLiberal icons in both the Republican and Democratic primaries both lost to conservatives, leading to a sea change in party politics.
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    If Ross Perot Couldn’t Win the Presidency, There’s No Hope for Howard SchultzPerot didn’t win a single state in 1992 — or cost Bush reelection. Schultz isn’t as well known, and there’s less of a rationale for his candidacy.
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    1982’s Democratic Wins Were Similar to 2018’s. Then Came Reagan’s Landslide.After a battle to rein in the “Reagan Revolution,” the Democratic Party made House gains in the midterms. Today’s Democrats won’t like what came next.