The lesson of 1944

Fred Barnes compares this Republican convention to that of 1944. At that time, “President Franklin Roosevelt was a commander in chief whose popularity had been worn down by nine years of economic downturn and three of world war. He was politically vulnerable. But he rallied the natural Democratic majority in the country with a convention speech vigorously defending his war record and presenting an attractive vision of a new term. He won going away, 54% to 46%.” As I said yesterday, this is what the Republicans need to do this week.
BIG TRUNK adds: Thanks to the readers who wrote in pointing out that our original attribution of the column to Barone was in error. Barone also has an outstanding Wall Street Journal column today on the three previous elections involving incumbent wartime presidents. We’ll post it when it becomes available online.


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