Friday, June 22, 2007


Peggy Noonan today:

Mrs. Clinton seems to have been studying 1988, which was the last time anyone won the presidency in a landslide.

1988 popular vote percentages (major-party candidates):

George Bush: 53.37%
Michael Dukakis: 45.65%

Difference: 7.72%

1996 popular vote percentages (major-party candidates):

Bill Clinton: 49.23%
Bob Dole: 40.72%

Difference: 8.51%

Bush won 79.18% of the electoral vote in '88 -- but Clinton won 70.45% in '96.

I guess Noonan's "landslide" threshold is "whatever excludes those icky Clintons."

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