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Posted by tritsofme in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Jan 27th 2008, 09:07 PM
I have always absolutely loved President Carter.

From the moment I read about his campaign I was totally hooked.

He was the first presidential candidate that I voted for to win an election.

Then in 1980 when his administration stood on the edge of collapse, he was stabbed right in the back by Ted Kennedy.

Kennedy waged a vicious primary challenge against the incumbent President that almost toppled him. And lets not fool ourselves, it was an ugly campaign.

It reinforced the media image that Carter was ineffective and on his way out.

The one image that sticks in my mind to this day is a campaign ad I saw on television during the general election where the Reagan people used footage of Kennedy's negative campaigning against President Carter.

At the time I think it was easier for me to blame President Carter's loss on Kennedy, instead of some weird twenty year long right wing movement that seemed to be emerging. I now recognize there were tons of factors working against President Carter, but that brutal primary challenge certainly didn't help.

As time went on and Kennedy continued to rack up accomplishments in the Senate, its a wound that healed considerably, and I am amazed that at his age he continues to do so much good for so many.

However whenever I see him in the news, I can't help but think about that 1980 campaign and the beginning of the Reagan era, just four short years after we thought we had disposed of Nixon and his cronies once and for all.
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