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Would FDR, Truman, JFK, or LBJ be nominated by their party today?

Jul 2, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 40 • By STEVEN F. HAYWARD
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So there are four supposed heroes of the Democratic party who would have “a hard time” (as Jeb Bush said of Reagan) gaining the Democratic nomination today, but somehow it is the Republicans, enjoying their highest watermark in 80 years in terms of the number of elected officials on all levels, who are said to have a problem with being “out of the mainstream.”

Isn’t this what psychologists call “projection”?

Steven F. Hayward is the author of The Age of Reagan and The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents: From Wilson to Obama. He blogs at

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