Class Notes

Here is my historical take away from last night’s Democratic Convention.  I am sorry Mrs. Clinton, but even though you did win the popular vote, the election was neither stolen or cheated from you.  The Constitution is clear on how the president is chosen and it is not something new made up to cheat you.  Five times this has happened, three times the candidate accepted defeat with poise.  Samuel Tilden won the popular vote in 1876 (and should have won the Electoral College) but lost the presidency to Rutherford B. Hayes.  In 1888, Grover Cleveland lost reelection to Benjamin Harrison even though he won the popular vote.  He came back and won in the next election.  Then there was Al Gore who won the popular vote in 2000, but lost the presidency to George W. Bush.  However, the election that most reflects Clinton’s loss is 1824, when Andrew Jackson won the popular vote but lost the presidency to J.Q. Adams.  He spent the next four years bitterly claiming corruption.  I guess it worked for him, he won in 1828.  Many people like to claim the president Trump most reminds them of is Jackson.  There is some truth there, but maybe Clinton has some similarities as well.  

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