Was this the case ramroded by Leon Panetta, or was that a different one, maybe from Indiana?
posted on 11/14/2012 8:18:05 PM PST
(The idea around which liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
Could be, if he was in the House leadership at the time ('84 election). Basically O'Neill and the rest of the 'Rat leadership set it up. They had a token 'Pub on the "Recount Committee" just to say they were being inclusive, but of course the 'Pub was outvoted 2-1 on everything. They were just determined that McCloskey was going to be "re-elected" no matter what.
The rest of the story is of course that once the 'Rat got back in he was there for a long time. McIntire tried a re-match in '86 but naturally was wiped out by the 'Rat sweep that year that hobbled Reagan's last two years in office. Reagan personally campaigned for him but was not on the ballot so no coattails to ride. It took the 'Pub tidal wave in '94 led by Gingrich's Contract With America to finally dig the 'Rat out of it's hole.
posted on 11/15/2012 5:32:12 AM PST
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