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Charisma and Presidential Elections

I have a question. Name me the last candidate in a general election who won the Presidency who had less charisma then their opponent? Think about it. My guess is Truman over Dewey. But I don’t really know much about Dewey. If not, you might have to go back to the 1920’s since Roosevelt was very charismatic.

What is charisma? To me, its magnetism. You know it when you see it. A bigger then life persona. Looks, originality, humor, coolness, charm, and likability are all factors. Not being a dorky, stiff, bore are important too. Who do you pay attention to when they enter a room. Who do ya want to have a beer with, etc.

Here are my ratings from one to ten……

 

 
Obama7-McCain4
Bush Jr7-Kerry3
Bush Jr7-Gore3
Clinton8-Dole3
Clinton8-Bush Sr4
Bush Sr4-Dukakis2
Reagan9-Mondale4
Reagan9-Carter5
Carter5-Ford4
Nixon5-McGovern3
Nixon5-Humphry4
Johnson6-Goldwater4
Kennedy9-Nixon5
Eisenhower8-Stevenson4
Eisenhower8-Stevenson4

Don’t think charisma is a major factor? Tell that to the kids who voted for Obama. Do tanks and surf boards ring a bell? I like Ike? Have a beer with GW. Al Bore. And nobody can deny the star appeal of Kennedy and Reagan. We live in the TV age and we want to win. So how would the list of potential Republican candidates rate in charisma? Which candidates can approach or beat Obama’s 7?

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