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Caucus Caution

Posted by Victoria Reynolds | Posted in 2008 campaign, mainstream media, Presidential Election | Posted on 31-12-2007


How much stock should we put in reporters’ analysis of the outcome of the Iowa presidential caucuses?

America’s most lovable political historian Lee Annis, author of “Howard Baker: Conciliator in an Age of Crisis,” smartly reminds of us what NBC News reporter Tom Pettit said after Ronald Reagan lost Iowa in 1980:

“I would like to suggest that Ronald Reagan is politically dead.”

Of course, that suggestion proved false.  And it should make us eternally wary of what “experts” suggest even today.

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