Uma ideia que já me tinha passado pela cabeça

This is the election you wouldn’t want to win

The bad news: November’s victor could be a one-term disaster. The good news: a great president may follow him

“It is highly probable that that moment, the very hour that he takes office, will be the high point of his presidency. Whoever wins on November 4 will be ascending to the job at one of the most difficult times for an American chief executive in at least half a century. When the votes are counted his people might ruefully conclude that the victor is not Barack Obama or John McCain. The real winner will be Hillary Clinton, or Mitt Romney, or Mike Huckabee, or some now happily anonymous figure whose star will rise in the next four turbulent years.

2008 may be the best year there has been to lose an election.

This sobering reality was startlingly underscored this week by none other than Tom Daschle, the former leader of the Senate Democrats, the national co-chairman of Mr Obama’s presidential campaign, and the likely White House chief of staff in an Obama administration. He told a Washington power breakfast that he thought the winner of the election would have a 50 per cent chance at best – at best – of winning a second term in 2012.


Then again, look carefully at those dates and consider a crueller possibility for this year’s winner: that desperate times like these actually produce both types of president, sequentially: a one-term disaster who paves the way for a true giant. “

Por Gerard Baker, no Times.

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2 respostas a Uma ideia que já me tinha passado pela cabeça

  1. maverick47 diz:

    Tinha tido pensado nesta nuance antes de ler o post, alguns meses atrás, quanto a Obama. Faz-me lembrar Jimmy Carter…

    É sempre bom saber que não sou o único a pensar nisso.

  2. Carmex diz:

    Maverick (só agora reparei no comentário…), já somos 3 a pensar assim.

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