and this time, there's no incumbent. that's odd, too. it almost never happens, right?
so NOW, A LITTLE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION HISTORY, which i got from the interwebs.
- 1948 - harry truman was fdr's v.p. and then replacement as president; he defeats dewey.
- 1952 - eisenhower vs adlai stevenson - no incumbent there. except that eisenhower was god of america after winning the war in europe, so that almost doesn't count.
- 1956 - president eisenhower defeats stevenson again (is that right? that's what the history webpage said)
- 1960 - nixon, eisenhower's v.p., runs against kennedy.
- 1964 - president johnson, kennedy's replacement, defeats goldwater.
- 1968 - former v.p. nixon runs (again), and defeats johnson's v.p., humphrey.
- 1972 - president nixon defeats mcgovern.
- 1976 - president ford, nixon's replacement, loses to jimmy carter.
- 1980 - president carter loses to ronald reagan.
- 1984 - president reagan defeats jimmy carter's v.p. walter mondale.
- 1988 - reagan's v.p. bush the 1st defeats dukakis.
- 1992 - president bush loses to bill clinton.
- 1996 - president clinton defeats bob dole.
- 2000 - clinton's v.p. al gore and bush the 2nd ... tie? sort of? gore is elected but bush takes office; how's that.
- 2004 - president bush defeats john kerry.
v.p. cheney doesn't run. that means the republican nom is wide open. the man who is nominated is longtime senator john mccain.
former v.p. gore doesn't run. that means the democratic nom is sort of wide open. i mean, the former first lady runs, but that's not exactly a presidential incumbency. and illinois senator barack obama is nominated.
tuesday's election is a huge "what's it for?" moment. this is, in many ways, a fresh start, regardless of whom we elect.
and so my question is, as i think about this election, and what's coming in our next few days and months and years, is, what is it for? what's this fresh start for? what can we do with it? not, what can our new president do with it, but, what can i do? what can we do? what can jifc do?
i want to respond, no matter what happens, with love and hope and courage.
i think there are millions of people in our country who are trying to do the same thing, on both sides.
there are also people in our country who are responding with fear, and paranoia, and blame, and hatred.
i say, No. i will respond with love. i will respond with courage. i will respond with hope.
that's what it's for, for me, in this moment.
ps if i got any of the history wrong, let me know. i'll forward the comment to the interwebs.