From Bob Kerrey, former governor and senator from Nebraska, as part of the "What went wrong" panel on the Hillary Clinton campaign:

I am a supporter of Hillary Clinton with an unusual perspective: I was defeated by her husband in the Democratic presidential race of 1992...

No doubt she’s feeling the disappointment that all of us who have lost races feel...

She shouldn’t be too hard on herself. If Barack Obama had been born 10 years earlier and had been a candidate for the Democratic nomination in 1992, neither I nor Bill Clinton would have defeated him.



This last sentence takes us into "thinking the unthinkable" territory, as Kerrey certainly knew when writing it. Once I interviewed Bill Clinton at a public event shortly after the Atlantic had published a cover story by me that had nothing to do with Clinton himself. But it did have a throwaway line about how Clinton might not have won in 1992 without the disruptive presence of Ross Perot in the race. Charmingly, but pointedly and with a lot, lot of detail, Clinton revealed to me the many aspects of my error before the interview began. I would pay to be there when he straightens Kerrey out.

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