Tanks for the Memories
A look back on the Dukakis debacle.
3:34 PM, Nov 18, 2013 • By VICTORINO MATUS
Over at Politico, Josh King reflects on the disastrous Michael Dukakis presidential campaign—specifically the moment the Massachusetts governor donned a helmet and rode around in an M1A1 Abrams, trying to resemble a muscular commander in chief. Except he didn't.
"Why had an event that everyone now agrees was such a terrible idea ever happened in the first place?" asks the author, who served on the campaign.
King goes on,
Accompanying the essay is a short video featuring Matt Bennett, who was partly responsible for "one of the worst campaign backfires in history." He was 23 at the time, a political novice, and the laughs from the press pool still haunt him. One problem was Dukakis's diminutive stature, lampooned on Saturday Night Live. And another was a violation of a very basic rule: Never allow your candidate to put anything on his head.
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