A newcomer to national politics, he claimed to transcend partisan labels. He moved to the center during the campaign, at a time when the Democrats held large congressional majorities. In a troubled economy, he told voters he would keep taxes down for most Americans, limit spending, and balance the budget, all while implementing ambitious social programs. He planned to cut military spending to free money for other purposes, but assured moderates and conservatives that when it came to America’s enemies, he would be tougher than the Republicans. The media, droves of moderates, and some conservatives believed him, having pegged him as a man of character...His name was Jimmy Carter, the year was 1976, and he won. His presidency helps us predict the likely results of an Obama victory in 2008.....1976 is Back, Mark Moyar, National Review, 10/24/2008
Glad somebody said it! Oil shock, financial mess, endless bear market, the Fonz (older and dumber?), wind power, refusal to develop our own oil resources -- sounds familiar to anyone over 50. Yep, Moyar hit the nail on its head. Is anybody paying attention? In 1976, the choice was clear, a sober, levelheaded, fiscal conservative vs. a rhetorical empty suit. For mysterious reasons, American believed the latter. We know the results. Unlike television shows, political reruns get worse with time.