That 2016 is perhaps the most unusual presidential election year in American history goes without saying made that way officially Tuesday night with the nomination of billionaire businessman and political novice Donald Trump. But what also makes it unusual is that the two candidates of the major parties are from the state of New York. That has never happened before in American history. And now a New Yorker will be living in the White House which hasn't happened in 71 years when Franklin Roosevelt died in office 71 years ago.
Oddly, on the Democratic side the race for that party's nomination boiled down to Bernie Sanders who was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Vermont in his late 20s. And Chicago born Hillary Clinton, who, as First Lady, moved to New York in January 2000 so she could run for US senator of that state. But unlike Bernie and Hillary Donald Trump was born in New York and remains a New Yorker having been one for 70 years.
Now when Hillary as First Lady won the US senate seat from New York it was on November 7, 2000. That was the day that Republican Texas governor George W. Bush defeated vice president Al Gore for the presidency in the closest race in US history. Indeed, the Democrats after two successful terms of Bill Clinton (he left office with a 66% approval rating) amazingly lost the White House when they should have kicked butt. Now Hillary Clinton in 2008 after failing to succeed two terms of Republican Bush is hoping to break the pattern started by Bush and win the White House while a two term president of the same party is in power.
Indeed, Hillary is hoping to become the first presidential candidate since George HW Bush in 1988 to win an election for the incumbent party and continue in the White House. When that happened it fell on a November 8th election date which is the date for this year's contest. However, George HW had the advantage of following the larger than life, very popular Ronald Reagan, a super successful transformational two term Republican President who left office with a 63% Gallop approval rating. The American people loved Reagan and wanted him for a third term in the person of his very loyal VP.
Indeed, unlike today with a weak economy showing signs of deterioration, a world in increasing turmoil and suffering, and domestic Islamic and anti-cop violence and terror on the rise, George H.W. Bush inherited a very unified, prospering and happy nation, and a stable post-Cold War world. Indeed, though two term president Barack Obama (the great anti-Reagan and divider) has been a dismal failure Hillary is lyingly claiming the contrary: that Obama's been a great president with a record of worthy achievements and is vowing to continue his sorry legacy of ashes and dust.
To be sure, the only way Hillary can win in November is by convincing voters that she'd be the lesser of two evils. And that though Trump is offering change which millions desperately want he'd be far worse than Obama-and worse then herself. Or that somehow Trump would return the nation to "disastrous" Republican or Bush era policies that caused the housing crisis and nearly collapsed the economy. However, that would be an awfully hard case to make since Trump has established himself as radically anti-establishment (GOPe), as well as viciously anti-Bush. With the Bushes having ditched the Convention it will prove nearly impossible for Hillary and the Dems to make a credible case (as was done to McCain and Romney) that Trump will be George W's third term.
THE NEW YORK SENATOR CLINTON WHO LOST A PRESIDENTIAL RACE
Dewitt Clinton on a $1000 bill.
I've written about this before (see) and it's worth repeating that Hillary isn't the first US senator from New York with the name Clinton to run for the presidency. In 1812 governor and former US senator Dewitt Clinton from New York ran for the presidency against James Madison on the Federalist Party ticket. He lost in a close race.