No sitting senator has ever been elected president when running against the incumbent. Moreover, in every war no challenger has ever been elected president (Americans "don't switch horses in midstream").
e the People would have to change who we are before we go against the hard-earned wisdom we've ingrained in ourselves over ten generations. Just as we elect no sitting vice president to our nation's highest office unless he's serving under a legendary president like Andrew Jackson or Ronald Reagan, our tradition and custom of re-electing incumbent presidents whenever they're challenged by sitting senators is an inalienable part of that destiny which Americans themselves have invariably chosen for this nation since her birth.
To show this fact, the offices held by presidential candidates who received electoral votes after ratification of the Twelfth Amendment (which requires distinct ballots for president and vice president) are listed below.
Columns:Year - presidential election year (italicized if during a war and the incumbent was running for re-election), EVs - electoral votes (total), W - winner, L - loser, Vot - votes received (click number to see candidate's biography). Explanation of abbreviations and colors appear at the bottom of the table.
* Election of 1988: Loser's VP running mate received 1 EV for president. 1896: The governor completed his term in January 1896. 1888: The former senator completed his term in 1887. 1876: Because the votes of 4 states were disputed, Congress resolved the matter through an electoral commission. 1868: Three votes for a deceased candidate not counted. 1828: The former senator resigned his seat in April 1825, after serving only two and a half years, and held no office at all between then and the election. 1824: President chosen by House of Representatives, with 13 state delegations voting for the first candidate, 7 for the second, and 3 for the third. 1820: Token opposition (challenger was current member of the incumbent's cabinet). 1808: Candidate elected VP also received 6 EVs for president.
Abbreviations and Colors:
Office held by candidate before election: P - president; V - vice president; A - ambassador or other executive officer (US); S - senator (US); R - representative (US); J - judge/justice (US); G - governor; L - lieutenant governor, state judge or legislator, local judge or other office holder; M - military officer (commissioned by the president); or C - citizen (never held office).
Letter is italicized if the candidate was not serving in that office less than a year before the election. Winning candidate's letter is underlined if he died in office or resigned before the end of his term.
Color of a candidate's letter indicates his party: Republican (Whig, 1836-1852; National-Republican, 1828-1832), Democratic (Democrat-People's, 1896-1900; Federalist, 1804-1816), Democrat-Republican, or other party or independent (Libertarian, 1972; American Independent, 1968; States' Rights Democrat, 1948; Progressive-Socialist, 1924; Progressive, 1912; People's, 1892; Democrat-Liberal Republican, 1872; Constitutional Union, 1860; American, 1856; ind., Antimasonic, 1832; coalition, ind., 1824; National-Republican, 1820).
Any votes not cast by the appointed electors are preceded by an x.
Our forefathers and mothers knew which candidate in a presidential election would best serve us, our nation and all her people. They realized that a sitting senator is no substitute for an experienced president; and their wisdom has kept us in good stead. Throughout the last century, the only times an incumbent president was not re-elected was when he faced a state's governor or former governor. That's because, as Christopher DeMuth puts it, "governors...are CEOs. Governors have submitted budgets, hired and fired subordinates, presided over public emergencies, called out the National Guard, negotiated public strikes, exercised discretion in the enforcement of criminal and other public laws, and endured a succession of victories and defeats large and small." A sitting senator, by contrast, doesn't run anything more than a committee (if that). Unless he was previously the governor of a state or president of the United States himself, he has no experience whatsoever running an executive branch of government.
In time of war and grave peril, that executive-branch experience is crucial to the survival of our nation. It is not the time for on-the-job training. The decision facing us now in this World War is the same our forebears faced when their freedoms and country's well being were in danger. If you believe our ancestors were not as wise or as smart as us when it came to making that decision, just look around you. We arrived where we are, with our freedoms not only intact but expanded, because of their decisions. Had their decisions not been so wise and smart, you would very well be living in a completely different land where you would likely not even have any choice in the matter of who will or who will not be your leaders.
Americans always pick incumbent presidents over sitting senators. That is our nature. Its core tells us that taking a chance on the latter is, no matter what the times, just too risky. Voters invariably choose the former because they know that that choice is most beneficial not only to each of themselves but to others and to their country.
Fortunately, a high-ranking official at Liberal Utopia is once again fully prepared to step up to the plate to provide strong and compelling answers to this latest series of unanswered questions on behalf of Hanoi John F'in' al-Qerry.
As a trial lawyer himself, Hanoi John F'in' al-Qerry loves the fact that his pals in the Trial Lawyer Industry™ (the largest block of contributors to his campaign, by the way) are able to pad their pockets by filing harassing lawsuits against the businesses where you work and to do everything they can to wreck our economy at the same time.
Hanoi John F'in' al-Qerry blames President Bush. Tomstuctionist Daschole blames the Republicans. Al-Sharptongue blames now-murdered "Joooo Interlopers." Dhimmicrats blame America. Without even a sidelong glance, they've all passed through the looking glass.
Tune in tonight for a very special episode of Quantum Leap where President George W. Bush leaps into FDR, Hanoi John F'in' al-Qerry into Thomas Dewey, and Jim Lehrer into Edward R. Murrow—just in time for their mid-WWII presidential election-year debate!
Rule 1: Our team only has to reach the goal line to score a touchdown, but yours has to go past it, into the parking lot, down the road, onto the highway, into the next town, hop aboard a spaceship, land on the moon and reach the goal line inside an atmospheric-domed stadium that won't even be built for another thirty years, before we'll admit you scored one.
If I had a dime for each time Jerman-Frenchboy al-Qerry (the "al" stands for aloof) miserably failed to leave that word out of the interviews and speeches he's given since announcing his candidacy, I'd have more than enough to make this blog—plus a dozen others—completely ad-free.
Although George Will hasn't gotten around yet to posing another 28 questions to the chairwarmer for Hildabeast Demoswitch's presumed nominee for president, I've sent the Waffle House 2, or 4, maybe 5, no make that 6, all right 10 questions of my own. Here are the replies I got....
Also known as "a coalition of Democratic Party interest groups, armed with millions of dollars in soft money...rapidly constructing an unprecedented political operation designed to supplement the activities of Sen. John F. Kerry's campaign."
These are the questions Washington Post columnist George F. Will posed to Hanoi "Secret-Service Agents R SOBs" John last month, but through some glaring oversights on the candidate's part have sat at the bottom of the Campaign HjQ's f-ing parakeet cage all this time.
"Newsweek reports that more than $28,000 in illegal contributions was funneled into the campaigns of Bill Clinton and John Kerry, and that 'the contributions came out of $300,000 in overseas wire transfers sent on orders from the chief of Chinese military intelligence - and routed through a Hong Kong bank account controlled by [China's People's Liberation Army Lt. Col. Liu Chaoying].'"
CBS's 60 Minutes II received copies of JFQ's journal, all of which came from his own personal files. Whether they're authentic or not, the facts based on them raise quite a number of very serious questions.
"John al-Qerry, senator of the state from which the terrorists who destroyed the World Trade Center boarded the two planes that were used to kill nearly 3,000 people in those attacks, called Schwarzenegger to congratulate him...."
Sabotaging Hilldabeast's broomstick before it leaves the closet: