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Flashback to 2000: “Bush Is Toast”

From William Saletan

Ace of Spades today linked to this piece by William Saletan in Slate.

From September 14, 2000 it pronounced GWB “toast” because of his poor standing in the polls. Saletan’s concluding paragraph:

A candidate who puts pride before prudence, refuses to learn from his mistakes, and is capable of living for days in an alternate political universe can only survive while he’s ahead. Once he falls behind, there’s no reason to think he’s up to the task of correcting his course and regaining control of the race. Yes, Bush came back to beat John McCain in South Carolina. But in that case, Bush had a firewall of phone banks, military backers, and boundless financial superiority. The swing voters in that contest were conservative Republicans. Bush’s little-known opponent was prone to fatally undisciplined anger and was vulnerable to ads full of previously unaired negative information. Against Gore, Bush has none of those crutches. Stick a fork in him. He’s done.

Gee, does any of that sound familiar?

After tonight’s outstanding performance by Sarah Palin we conservatives need to redouble our efforts to elect John McCain.

Joe Biden was right: This is the most important election of our lives.

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