Sunday, March 20, 2022

Who am I? Why am I here?

Thus famously, or infamously, said Admiral James Stockdale during a vice presidential debate in 1992. Stockdale had been chosen by Ross Perot, the independent presidential candidate, to run against George Bush the first and Dan Quayle during that year's presidential campaign. Many analysts at the time, blamed Perot for taking enough conservative votes away from Bush and giving Bill Clinton the victory in that year's elections. Whether that was in fact correct or not, we'll never know, but undeniably Clinton ended up winning the presidency not with a majority but with a simple plurality.