The Clinton Rose

People tell me David Broder used to be a journalistic powerhouse. Discussing his dreams of a Huckabee-Richardson matchup, the Dean says:

Odds are it will never happen, even though Americans have tended to prefer governors over senators when it comes to picking a president. That's why no sitting senator has been elected president since John F. Kennedy in 1960.

But Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, both of whom went straight from the statehouse to the White House, have taken much of the bloom off that particular rose.

The Bill Clinton who left office with a 66 percent approval rating took the bloom off the statehouse rose? How so? And seriously, why can't Broder just say that Broder didn't like Bill Clinton, why the need to project this dislike onto an electorate that thought he was great?

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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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