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US politics, sophistry 

Where does Stephens come up with this stuff?

I remember the 1996 election, because it was the first one I voted in. Powell, for all his high favorability, would have been crushed, just like Bob Dole was. Bill Clinton was a popular incumbent riding an economic boom.

US politics, sophistry 

Clinton’s Gallup approval averaged in the high 50’s all through fall 1996. An incumbent with those numbers just isn’t going to lose, no matter how likable the other candidate is.

news.gallup.com/poll/116584/pr

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